Connect Travel Marketplace

February 20-22, 2019

Kissimmee, Florida

 

Right People. Right Time. Right Format

Aero | Almundo | American Executive International | Be the World | Delfos | Free Way | Go Travel Res/Tije | Grupo Online | Halifax Viajes | Lares Tours | Leisure Express SA | MEDITERRANEA TURISMO | OLA | Piamonte | Pop Tour – GMTI SA | Siga Turismo | Tower Travel | Trayecto UNO SA | TTS Viajes | Abreutur | BRT Operadora | CVC | MGM Operado | Nice Via Apia | Trade Tours and Tech | Air Canada Vacations | Sunwing Travel Group | TravelBrands Inc. | Kuality | Tourmundial | Alitrip Network Technology | American Asia Travel Center Inc. (Super Vacation) | Beijing 6RENYOU International Travel Service | Beijing Shougang International Travel | Beijing Wanda Global | China CYTS Tours Holding Co. Ltd. | China Swan International Tours | China Travel Service of Shenyang | CTrip.com International Ltd. | Grand Destinations | Hunan New Comfort Travel Agency | JD.com | Lux Trip | Overseas | Shanghai New Comfort Internatioanl Travel Co. Ltd. | Tianjin Citic International Travel Co., Ltd. | Tongcheng International Travel Service Co., Ltd. | Aviatur | BCD Travel | CIC Travel | UGA TURISMO | Viva Viajando | CCMG | All Four Season | Cox & Kings Ltd | Dewan Travels PVT. LTD. | Flight Center Travel Solutions India PVT LTD | Incredible Vacations India | PATHFINDERS HOLIDAYS PVT LTD | QUINTESSENTIAL VACATIONS | SOTC Travel Ltd | THOMAS COOK INDIA LTD | The Wanderers | Varun Worldwide Vacations | VWI Travel Management LLP | Bookabed AG | Tour America | Best Day | Atlantic Dream Vacations | Happy Home | No Beach | Simi Reizen BV | Planet Travel | Hiperviajes SA | Guamatur | Active Travel | Tours Limited | Tiqets | HotelBeds | Bookohotel | Thomas Cook UK & Ireland | JacTravel | DNATA | America As You Like It | Sun Hotels | Destinations of the World | Hotelplan Suisse/MTCH AG | The Wholesaler | Logitravel Group | Tourist Forum Group | VIP’s Tour | Terra Nova | Maral Turismo S.A. | TravelPA | TravelBird | Aviatur | BCD Travel | CIC Travel | UGA TURISMO | Viva Viajando | CCMG | All Four Season | Cox & Kings Ltd | Dewan Travels PVT. LTD. | Flight Center Travel Solutions India PVT LTD | Incredible Vacations India | PATHFINDERS HOLIDAYS PVT LTD | SOTC Travel Ltd | QUINTESSENTIAL VACATIONS | The Wanderers | THOMAS COOK INDIA LTD | Varun Worldwide Vacations | VWI Travel Management LLP | Bookabed AG | Tour America | Best Day | Atlantic Dream Vacations | Happy Home | No Beach | Simi Reizen BV | TravelBird | TravelPA | Maral Turismo S.A. | Terra Nova | VIP’s Tour | Logitravel Group | The Wholesaler | Tourist Forum Group | Hotelplan Suisse/MTCH AG | Destinations of the World | America As You Like It | Sun Hotels | DNATA | JacTravel | Thomas Cook UK & Ireland | Bookohotel | HotelBeds | Tiqets | Tours Limited | Active Travel | Guamatur | Hiperviajes SA | Planet Travel |

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.

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.

 

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.”

“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 2018 SPONSORS

AGENDA OVERVIEW

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Regiception 

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Welcome & Orientation

6:30 pm

Opening Reception

Thursday, February 21, 2019

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Breakfast & Opening Keynote

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Marketplace Appointments

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch & Keynote

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Marketplace Appointments

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Marketplace Mix & Mingle

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Marketplace Appointments

5:30 pm

Open Night

Friday, February 22, 2019

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Breakfast & Keynote

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Marketplace Appointments

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch & Keynote

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Marketplace Appointments

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Marketplace Mix & Mingle

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Marketplace Appointments

6:30 pm

Closing Party

2018 SPEAKERS

Roger Dow

Roger Dow

Roger Dow is president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, the Washington, D.C.-based national umbrella organization representing all segments of travel in America—an industry responsible for generating $2.1 trillion in annual economic output. U.S. Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.

Carol Dover

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.

Frank Belzer

Frank Belzer

Frank Belzer is the SVP of Sales Management at Universal Orlando Resort where he oversees all domestic and
international sales strategies. His oversight at Universal Orlando Resort includes managing all trade partner
relationships, development of unique programs for youth, military and other specialized groups, supervision of the
Orlando call center and all in market Universal desks at the hotels and the Universal Parks and Vacations Travel
Company.

Cathy Tull

Cathy Tull

Cathy Tull is the senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). The LVCVA is the destination marketing organization for Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, and its mission centers on attracting visitors by promoting the destination as the world’s most desirable destination for leisure and business travel. The LVCVA also owns and operates the Las Vegas Convention Center
and Cashman Center.

Sarah Quinlan

Sarah Quinlan

Sarah Quinlan, group head and senior vice president of market insights at MasterCard Advisors, “The Experiential Economy: How to Successfully Use Data Analytics to Drive the New Consumer to your Experience”

Rick Calvert

Rick Calvert

Rick Calvert, CEO of TBEX, will lead a panel of some of the world’s top travel influencers to discuss the future of travel media, the business side of influencer marketing and how destination marketers can incorporate travel influencers in their marketing plans.

Anna Klapper

Anna Engström Klapper

Anna Klapper joined the Welcome Chinese team in November 1, 2017 to bring the the certification program to the US market.  As a global tourism development specialist she recently worked for the public-private-partnership Brand USA, the marketing destination organization for the United Sates. At Brand USA she managed several international teams, and developed marketing programs to position the U.S. as a competitive tourism destination in the China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the EU markets.

Qinghui Qing

Qinghui Qing

COTTM

Andrea Blankenship

Andrea Blankenship

Andrea Blankenship currently serves as the Director of International Tourism for the Colorado Tourism Office, which she joined in July 2016. The international team of the Colorado Tourism Office works with in-market representatives to market Colorado internationally to media, travel trade, and consumers. Her favorite part of the job is working with the many Colorado destinations and attractions to promote the state and its many offerings to international visitors.

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.

Paul Cohen

Paul Cohen

Paul Cohen, Vice President, PHG Consulting brings 25 years of experience in the travel and tourism industries and a distinguished career of working with tourism marketing organizations, travel suppliers, and select corporate partners to solve problems and generate results.

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.

Jon Albert

Jon Albert

Jon Albert, Founder, President at Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation, “The Power of WOW!”

INTERNATIONAL TOUR OPERATORS

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.

SUPPLIERS

Grow your International business from Canada, the UK, Europe, Latin America, China and the Middle East. Take advantage of 20-25 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.