Connect Travel Marketplace

February 18-20, 2018

Orlando, Florida

Inspiration. Innovation. Commerce

Sunwing Travel Group | Thomas Cook UK & Ireland | Hotelbeds | Simi Reizen BV | TravelBrands Inc. | DESTINATIONS OF THE WORLD | Hotelplan Suisse /MTCH AG | CVC | Sunhotels | Tiqets | Bookohotel | Air Canada Vacations | Best Day Travel Group | Aero | LEISURE EXPRESS SA | Lares Tours | HALIFAX VIAJES | Piamonte | MGM Operadora | TRAYECTO UNO SA | be the world | Nice Via Apia Turismo | TERRA NOVA | America As You Like IT | TTS VIAJES | tourmundial | Delfos tour operator | Siga Turismo | GRUPO ONLINE | Go Travel Res / Tije | BRT OPERADORA | KUALITY | OLA | Abreutur | MEDITERRANEA TURISMO | Planet Travel | MARAL TURISMO S.A. | American Executive International | POP TOUR – GMTI S.A. | HIPERVIAJES SA | FREE WAY | JacTravel | GUAMATUR | TOWER TRAVEL | Tour America | DNATA TRAVEL | Trade Tours and Tech | Tours Limited | Bookabed AG | The Wanderers | Viva Viajando | AVIATUR | PATHFINDERS HOLIDAYS PVT LTD | Cox & Kings Ltd | ALMUNDO.COM | Varun Worldwide Vacations | QUINTESSENTIAL VACATIONS | VWI Travel Management LLP | No Beach | Active Travel | FLIGHT CENTER TRAVEL SOLUTIONS INDIA PVT LTD | ALL FOUR SEASON | DEWAN TRAVELS PVT. LTD. | VIP’S TOUR | UGA TURISMO | Incredible Vacations India | SOTC Travel Ltd | THOMAS COOK INDIA LTD | CIC Travel | BCD TRAVEL |


Connect Travel Marketplace is a new 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.


Hyatt Regency Orlando

  • AAA Four Diamond Accommodations
  • The Spa: a full service spa and salon with a private outdoor serenity pool
  • 7 dining/lounging options
  • Two outdoor resort pools
  • Gym, tennis courts and bicycle rental

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“Connect is an integral part of our sales and marketing efforts. For several years, we have been able to increase our meetings business through attendance and sponsorship at Connect events.  We are looking forward to the same success in the leisure market with the upcoming Connect Travel Marketplace.“    -DT Minich, president and CEO with Experience Kissimmee

“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

“Thomas Cook Group plc continually seeks business opportunities that will assist us in providing our customers the best holiday and the timing of this show is key as February is an optimal time for product development.  We are eager to attend the NEW Connect Travel Marketplace in February 2018.” Julian Stockdale, Head of USA Contracting, Thomas Cook UK & Ireland




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”

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.

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.

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.

Jon Albert

Jon Albert

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


Sunday February 18, 2018

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Welcome & Orientation

6:30 pm

Opening Reception

Monday, February 19, 2018

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Breakfast & Opening Keynote

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Marketplace Appointments

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Lunch & Keynote

2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Marketplace Appointments

6:00 pm

Open Night

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Breakfast & Keynote

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Marketplace Appointments

12:15 am – 2:30 pm

Lunch & Keynotes

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Marketplace Appointments

6:30 pm

Closing Party


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.


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.