Right People. Right Time. Right Format

THE EVENT

Connect Travel Marketplace is an International travel show, specifically designed to address industry needs. Connect Travel Marketplace combines the right timing for product development, a unique format that creates an efficient and effective environment to expedite the sales process and close business and a robust educational track to inspire and inform industry leaders in a rapidly evolving global market. View 2020 buyers and suppliers

THE LOCATION

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

The 4-star Gaylord Palms offers live nightly entertainment, a waterslide and separate children’s and adults swimming pools. The hotel also features a sand beach play area, waterfalls and on-site boutique shops. Elegant gardens and a full-service spa are available and the spacious rooms provide views of the city or atriums. Book your room here by January 30, 2020.

 

 

WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?

“Connect Marketplace is extremely important in promoting international travel. By bringing international buyers to the states and having an appointment-show format, it exposes even more people on why they should come to the U.S.”  Roger Dow, President, US TRAVEL

“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.”

“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

“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

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OUR 2020 SPONSORS

AGENDA OVERVIEW

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Active America India Workshop

12:00 pm

Golf Tournament Benefitting the Adam Michael Rosen Foundation

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Active America China Workshop

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Regiception

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Welcome

6:00 pm

Opening Reception, Sponsored by Experience Kissimmee

Thursday, February 20, 2020

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Opening General Session: Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association; Dana Young, VISIT FLORIDA; Carol Dover, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association; TBD, Brand USA; TBD, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

10:30 am -12:30 pm

Marketplace Appointments

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Duncan Wardle Keynote: Creating Relationship Magic!

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Marketplace Appointments

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Blue Man Group

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featured Speaker President Barack Obama

6:00 pm

Reception

7:30 pm

Top Women in Travel Awards Dinner

Friday, February 21, 2020

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Continental Breakfast and Brand USA Big Screen Viewing Party

9:45 am – 12:15 pm

Marketplace Appointments

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch + Andrew Davis Keynote: Triumphs, Anomalies & Myths

2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Marketplace Appointments

6:00 pm

Closing Party at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

2020 FEATURED SPEAKER 

President Barack Obama

Connect Travel Marketplace will feature a moderated Q&A conversation with the 44th President of the United States, President Barack Obama.

2020 SPEAKERS

Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis is a bestselling author and keynote speaker. Before building and selling a thriving digital marketing agency, Andrew produced for NBC and worked for The Muppets. He’s appeared in the New York Times and on the Today Show. He’s crafted documentary films and award-winning content for tiny start-ups and Fortune 500 brands. Today, Andrew Davis teaches business leaders how to grow their businesses, transform their cities, and leave their legacy.

Duncan Wardle

Having worked for The Walt Disney Company for some 25 years, Duncan Wardle now serves as an independent innovation and design thinking consultant, helping companies embed a culture of innovation and creativity across their entire organization. Leveraging a unique Design Thinking process, Duncan’s clients include Coca Cola, Disney, Forbes, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, McKinsey and the NBA.

Roger Dow

Roger Dow is president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the Washington, D.C.-based organization representing all segments of travel in America—an industry that generates $2.5 trillion in economic output and supports 15.7 million jobs. U.S. Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.

Derek Price

Derek Price

Derek Price, Director, Expedia Media Solutions.  Derek has worked in the travel industry for more than 20 years. The last 10+ within the onlinespace, much of it at OTAs, including Travelocity, Orbitz and now Expedia. Ranging in roles from market management to media sales and now director in locations from New York City, Las Vegas and South Florida. When not traveling with his team meeting with clients, Derek splits his time between New York City and Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Qinghui Qing

Qinghui Qing

COTTM

Andrea Blankenship

Carroll Rheem

Carroll Rheem is vice president, research and analytics for Brand USA, the nation’s public- private partnership dedicated to increasing international visitation to the United States through marketing and promotional efforts. In this role, Carroll leads Brand USA’s intelligence function, which serves as the foundation for global marketing strategy, as well as the company’s performance metrics.

Shaun MacGillivray

Shaun MacGillivray is the President and Producer of MacGillivray Freeman Films. He produced MacGillivray Freeman’s America’s Musical Journey, Dream Big, We The Marines, National Parks Adventure, To The Arctic, Humpback Whales and many more. Shaun also leads the business development and partnership team for MacGillivray Freeman working with destination marketing organizations, fortune 500 companies, associations, and non-profits organizations tell their stories from IMAX to iPhone. 

Roger Dow

Laura Mandala

Laura Mandala has been helping the tourism industry unlock, decode and harness the power of travel data and trends for nearly two decades. As the head of Mandala Research, one of the leading travel and tourism research firms in the world, she spends considerable time evaluating important emerging developments and that help destinations and travel companies make the right decisions to attract the right travelers.

Tom Garzilli

Tom Garzilli

Thomas “Tom” Garzilli, Chief Marketing Officer for Brand USA, the nation’s public-private partnership dedicated to increasing international visitation to the United States through marketing and promotional efforts. In this role, Tom is responsible for leading the development of Brand USA’s strategic marketing plan, which is designed to increase incremental international visitation to the United States and drive tourism dollars to communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five territories.

Roger Dow

DT Minich

DT Minich is a veteran tourism executive and the first President and CEO of Experience Kissimmee, the Destination Marketing Organization for Osceola County, Florida.

In this role, DT leads a 53-person staff, plus in-country representation firms in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Northern Europe, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Experience Kissimmee helps inspire visitation for more than 8.9 million overnight guests annually. DT has succeeded in strengthening the destination’s relationships with valued travel professionals and media worldwide. In addition, DT champions strategic partnerships as witnessed by frequent collaboration with key agencies, such as U.S. Travel Association, Brand USA, and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

Dana Young

As VISIT FLORIDA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dana Young leads Florida’s official destination marketing organization in partnership with its Board of Directors and the statewide tourism industry.  Throughout her career, Dana has served in leadership positions working to cultivate and protect Florida’s exceptional business climate and a world-class quality of life. As an attorney at Fowler, White, Boggs, P.A. in Tampa, she represented a broad spectrum of businesses, landowners, and individuals in areas of regulatory compliance, permitting, zoning, and administrative law proceedings. Dana served in the Florida House from 2010 through 2016, rising to Majority Leader for the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions. In 2016, she was elected to the Florida Senate, where she represented parts of western Hillsborough County for two years.

Carol Dover

Carol B. Dover has served as President/CEO of the more than 10,000 member Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) since July of 1995. Dover is a professional association manager, a lobbyist, a former government insider, and a Florida State University Dedman School of Hospitality graduate with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.

INTERNATIONAL BUYERS

With Connect’s signature reverse-style trade show you can focus on product development and not navigating a convention hall.  The timing is right, the format is efficient and effective and the educational programming will prepare you to thrive in a hyper-competitive global marketplace. View 2020 suppliers. Buyer Registration: $300

SUPPLIERS

Grow your International business from Canada, the UK, Europe, Latin America, China and the Middle East. Take advantage of 40 guaranteed one on one prescheduled appointments with top international tour operators in a reverse-style trade show that is proven to be an efficient and effective way to expedite the sales process and close business. View 2020 buyers. Supplier Registration: $3,950