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. 

THE LOCATION

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center offers 1.1 million square feet of prime, contiguous exhibit space, the award-winning New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is the sixth-largest convention facility in the nation, and it consistently ranks in the country’s top ten of facilities that hold the most conventions and tradeshows annually.

The world famous French Quarter, our architecturally significant and distinct neighborhoods, and the iconic Mississippi River are just minutes from our doorstep. Once your workday is done, you can enjoy the truly festive atmosphere of New Orleans – one of the most celebrated cities in all the world! Home to the best cuisine and restaurants in the country, the most talented musicians, incredible museums, and historic landmarks, there’s always a life-long memory to be made around every corner. Booking link coming soon. 

 

 

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

Monday, August 17, 2020

1 – 5 pm

Regiception
You read that right—regiception! It’s a unique registration/reception combo to get you in the Connect spirit. Get your name badge, meet our helpful staff and introduce yourself to the new faces you’ll be learning alongside for the next three days. After networking, there will be refreshments at registration.

11 am – 2 pm

IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum 
Produced by International Association of Exhibitions and Events

4:45 pm – 6 pm

Keynote General Session

7 pm – 9 pm

Opening Reception

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

8:30 am

Trade Show Opens

8:45 – 9:45 am

Education in Trade Show

9:45 – 10:15 am

Speaker Showcase

10 am – Noon

Marketplace Appointments

Noon – 1:30 pm

Lunch in the Trade Show

12:30 – 1 pm

Speaker Showcase

1:15 – 1:45 pm

Speaker Showcase

2 – 3 pm

Education in the Trade Show

5 – 6 pm

Meetups

5 – 6 pm

Happy Hour

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

8:30 am

Trade Show Opens

8:45 – 9:45 am

Education in the Trade Show

9:45 – 10:15 am

Speaker Showcase

10 am – Noon

Marketplace Appointments

Noon – 1:30 pm

Lunch in the Trade Show

12:30 – 1 pm

Speaker Showcase

1:15 – 1:45 pm

Speaker Showcase

2 – 3 pm

Education in the Trade Show

5:30 pm

Keynote General Session

7 pm

Closing Reception

2020 SPEAKERS COMING SOON!

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. 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. Supplier Registration: $2,495

Connect Travel Cancellation Policy:
Connect Travel requires registration to be paid in full to access any live event. Any special billing or payment arrangement must be made in writing and agreed upon between Connect Travel management and the client seeking event access. Please see below for cancellation policy.

Cancellations requested inside of 30 days to event date – Client forfeits 100% of registration fee. Cancellations requested 31-90 days prior to event date – Client forfeits 50% of registration fee and the remaining 50% can be used towards a new product purchase in the same calendar year. Cancellations requested over 90 days to the event date – Client may apply 100% of the registration fee to a new product purchase or service in the same calendar year.

Photo Release:
Connect and its legal representatives and assigns, retain the right and permission to publish, without charge, photographs taken during this event. These photographs may be used in publications, including electronic publications, or in audio-visual presentations, promotional literature, advertising, or in other similar ways.

Medical Release:
With registration, the attendee agrees and acknowledges they are participating in the conference on their own free will. While Connect does its best to provide the safest possible environment for the events, the attendee acknowledges freely and knowingly that as a result of their registration and participation, they hereby assume responsibility for their own well-being and safety, releasing Connect of any harm.