Connect Travel Marketplace
February 18-20, 2018
Inspiration. Innovation. Commerce
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
Recently added to the front end of Connect Travel Marketplace is an educational session designed to shed some light on the fastest growing international market to the US. This workshop will be a great resource for US destinations to prepare for success when dealing with Chinese operators and ultimately Chinese travelers. Learn More……
WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?
“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
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 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 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
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, 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, 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 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.
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, 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, 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.
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, Founder, President at Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation, “The Power of WOW!”
Sunday February 18, 2018
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Regiception – Sponsored by Experience Kissimmee
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Welcome & Orientation
Opening Reception – Sponsored by Merlin Entertainments * Shuttles available at the Tower 1 entrance for transportation
Monday, February 19, 2018
9:00 am – 10:15 am
Breakfast & Opening Keynote
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Lunch & Keynote
2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
9:00 am – 10:15 am
Breakfast & Keynote
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
12:15 am – 2:30 pm
Lunch & Keynotes
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Closing Party – Sponsored by Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association * Shuttles available at the Tower 1 entrance for transportation
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.
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.