WHAT ARE THE TOUR OPERATORS SAYING?
“We are looking forward to attending the NEW Connect Travel Marketplace. Connect has an excellent reputation and a proven track record of producing quality events that focus on providing the best ROI for all involved.” Fred Dixon, President and CEO, NYC & Company
“Following our participation at the inaugural Connect Marketplace in Orlando in 2018, we are delighted to register early for the 2019 show. The 2018 event was a huge success for Thomas Cook leading to excellent co-op Marketing opportunities and many new Hotel Contracts agreed as a direct result of the show.” Julian Stockdale, Head of USA Contracting, Thomas Cook UK & Ireland
Thank you for an excellent show, perfect time of year and well put together. Looking forward to attending next year. – Julian Stockdale, Thomas Cook UK & Ireland
Thank you for organizing this event. Truly loved the fact that as a buyer we got to sit and had the suppliers sell to us. The guest speakers were very interesting. Most of all, I want to thank your team, especially James Liston, who was just marvelous and looked after any queries we had. This is one event we will be marking into our diary for next year. – Beverleigh Fly, Bookabed
I’m very experienced in these kind of events (more than 40) and I’m really very happy with your organization, you were very professional. – Fernando Gomez, Active Travel
Was a great first year! – Gina Fitzpatrick, Tiquets
It was a real unknown show as it was the first year but I discovered new opportunities with mice and leisure travel. Also, the full agenda helped to me to know more destinations to work with. – Salvador Perez, Mundo Crown
What really impressed me was the professionalism that took place throughout the event. As a suggestion for the next fair, more receptive operators from the USA will participate. – Roque Golino, Hiperviajes SA
The Connect Travel Marketplace was a great opportunity to meet with a wide range of USA suppliers, some of whom I would not have had the opportunity to meet with at IPW. The show was well-structured and I was able to make a lot of new connections with suppliers from a wide-range of US destinations. – Rachel McAneny, If Only Holidays
Thank you for inviting me to Connect Travel Marketplace 2018. That was such a wonderful and successful event. The education was quite remarkable. The Marketplace appointments gave us the best opportunity to meet US tourism service providers, and particularly on the destination and attractions less frequented by Chinese. Thank you for organizing this very successful event and being a great host. Truly appreciate you and your team’s hard work to make our trip very the best. Look forward for Connect 2019! – Vollin Fan, Shanghai New Comfort International Travel Co., LTD
Thank you very much for inviting me to have an unforgettable trip to Orlando. During the two days of the meetings, I met a lot of new friends and learned a lot about the local play-related projects, which provided great inspiration and help for future product design. It is hoped that many such exchange activities will be held so that everyone can exchange information and be upgraded. – Christina , Naning Tuniu International Travel Service Co., LTD
Thanks to the organizers for their warm hospitality. It is a great honor to attend this meeting. Through this meeting, we have met many American local resources, which is a great help for our business. First of all, for me, who had only operated in the US, East and West, and Hawaii, I have not been particularly aware of the tourism in Florida. After this visit, I discovered that Orlando is a place extremely worth recommending for parent-child travel. Miami is the first choice for travel to the United States in the winter. Secondly, as a customized company on the market, our company needs more local resources. This conference attracted many DMCs of local attractions, hotels and other direct resources, allowing us to strengthen our contacts. I believe that in the future operation, we will have greater price and service advantages. In addition, at this meeting, I deliberately made appointments with the heads of many tourism bureaus. Through the appointments, I’ve learned a lot of each states in detail. Thanks for allowing me to master more U.S. travel information through this conference. We are also looking forward to applying these information and resources to our future work and organizing more travel to the United States! – Tracy Zuo, Hunan New Comfort Travel Agency
It is great pleasure to participate in Connect Travel Marketplace. Thanks COTTM, Connect Travel, and Fam trip partners such as Experience Kissimmee, Pegasus, Universal, Disney, etc. It was my first time to Florida and I think it is a great potential market for Chinese travelers. I hope we can promote more packages to our clients and come to Florida next time for Connect Travel. – Zhong Ming, Beijing Wanda Global Travel
Everything was well organized. I hope the show will continue to grow. I would like to participate next year. – Jun Fu, China Travel Service of Shenyang
Thank you for inviting me to Connect Travel Marketplace 2018. It was such a wonderful and successful event. The orientation and keynote part was quite remarkable. The special sessions present practical advice and best market research for the outbound market. The Marketplace appointments gave us the best opportunity to meet US tourism service providers; particularly the destination and attractions less frequented by Chinese. Connect Travel Marketplace events were very enjoyable. I truly appreciate you and your team’s hard work to make our trip very the best. I look forward to 2019! – Bojie Fan, Shanghai New Comfort International Travel Co., LTD
It was my pleasure to attend Connect Travel Marketplace. I was so happy to meet suppliers from different areas and learn more about Florida, New York and New Jersey. It opened my mind and it inspires me when planning a new itinerary. The FAM Tour was also unforgettable. Learning about the destination, the theme parks, restaurants, and accommodations impressed me and let me know how to sell them properly. Thanks Connect Travel for offering such a great opportunity for me to learn more about Florida & US tourism. – Shen Jiaru, GZL International Travel Service
Connect Travel Marketplace was very useful to our company. It provided the company with many resources which will make it easier for us to create innovate products. Relationships made will at the show will continue to help us in the future. Thank you very much! – Wang Yinyin, Liaoning Huayi International Travel Service Co.,Ltd
Connect Travel Marketplace provided a venue to learn more about destinations, attractions, and gain industry knowledge. The appointments allowed me an efficient way to meet with suppliers and learn about their products. In short, Connect Travel Marketplace is helpful for buyers. – Brill Chen, Guangzhou Li Zhi Network Technology Ltd.
This is truly a fruitful meeting. We got the chance to communicate with North America. It is quite a helpful meeting for our future business. – William, CITIC Travel (Shanghai)
There are so many events available. Connect Travel Marketplace is very good one! The event was an eye-opener and gave us very good insights into the business. The experience starts before the event even begins, Connect Travel staff provides clear details of the venue, timings, and agenda. We were excited before we attended. Everyone feels welcome and included throughout the whole event. The event was interesting and used a different trade show format which made this event interactive and really got people involved. This was a really nice experience. I hope I have chance to attend next time. – Yijie Liu, Caissa DMC (US) Inc.
WHAT ARE THE SUPPLIERS SAYING?
“The show exceeded our wildest expectations. We’ve never attended a show that yielded not only the quality of buyers we had appointments with, but the fact that of the 45 appointments we had we issued 37 contract (82% close rate) is unparalleled. ConnectTRAVEL definitely delivered on the promise of “Right People. Right Time. Right Format.” We are very excited for 2019 and beyond.” – Fabrizio “The Dude” Busso-Campana, SVP, Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruises
Connect was a great show! Full appointment scheduled and the Connect Staff were very helpful with any questions – Mick McCollum, Machine Gun America
Connect Travel Marketplace is a wonderful opportunity to get face-to-face time with qualified International Tour Operators and FIT contacts. I was able to secure NEW business for my property who is looking to grow our FIT market. This is a great show that is very well organized and really gives you a bang for your buck. Thank you for all the effort that was put into this event….definitely well worth it. – Victoria Chavez, Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown
Great job on getting a new set of Chinese buyers out the southeast region~! – Anne Chen, Explore Gwinnett
A worthwhile and very well organized event. As a supplier I appreciated the amount of meetings we had with receptive tour operators and others. – Christopher Follenus, Balmoral Resort Florida
Connect Marketplace is the place to be for your International FIT market!!!! Awesome quality appointments. It’s a quick couple of days but one of the most productive trade-shows!!! Thanks Connect team for creating this opportunity. Can’t wait for the next… – Jennifer Costa, Go Elizabeth
The idea of the international buyers being seated and easy to locate and follow-up with was fantastic. – Jerry Schwartz, Receptive Tours Group
It was a great first show and having 51 appointments, while a bit overwhelming was perfect for a first show. Great speakers and the food was wonderful! I’ll be back next year! – Beth Gendler, Gulf Shores Tourism
As a new and smaller destination this show was a great way to get in front of an international audience. Many seemed interested in our destination which is exciting! – Lori Konkler, Visit Eau Claire
“International visitation to our region is vital and the inaugural Connect Travel Marketplace was extremely productive for Experience Kissimmee and for our partners,” said DT Minich, president and CEO with Experience Kissimmee. “We are very excited to host Connect Travel Marketplace 2019 and to showcase Kissimmee to over 200 international tour operators from around the world.”