The explosion of marketing technology presents tourism marketers with newfound challenges and enormous opportunities. The Marketing Leadership Summit will connect destination marketers with the products, services, people and ideas that will help them thrive in a rapidly evolving and highly competitive global marketplace.

The summit will feature a robust educational program focusing on the trends and technologies that will transform tourism marketing in the next three to five years.


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.



“In todays rapidly evolving marketplace it is really important for tourism marketers to take a step back and look at the marketing tools and technologies that are going to impact travel planning 3-5 years down the road.”    -Rob Torres, Managing Director Travel, Google

“I look forward to a thought-provoking, inspiring conference focused on the trends and technologies that are going to impact destination marketers in the next three to five years.”    -Steve Hayes, President and CEO of Visit Pensacola

“This is a can’t miss event for destination markers! A forum to gain and share cutting edge insights along with dedicated time with topical experts to brainstorm innovative ideas to move our business strategy forward.”    – Scott Schult, Executive Vice President, Visit Myrtle Beach




Wednesday, February 19, 2020

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Active America India Workshop

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 

Women in Tourism Lunch 

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Active America China Workshop

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

General Session

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Marketplace Appointments

6:00 pm

Opening Night Reception

Thursday, February 20, 2020

8:30 am – 9:00 am


9:00 am – 10:30 am

General Session

10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Marketplace Appointments 

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch + Duncan Wardle Keynote

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Marketplace Appointments 

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Special Guest + Keynote

6:00 pm


Friday, February 21, 2020

8:30 am – 9:00 am


9:00 am – 10:30 am

General Session

10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Marketplace Appointments

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch + Andrew Davis Keynote


Brigette Hyacinth

Brigette Hyacinth is an international keynote speakerbestselling author and thought leader on leadership and business  Transformation. Brigette has authored 4 books including, “The Future of Leadership: Rise of Automation, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.” In her latest book, she provides a comprehensive view of what is taking place in the world of AI and emerging technologies, and gives valuable insights to successfully navigate the tsunami of technology that is coming our way.

Rick Calvert

Carolyn Kremins

Carolyn Kremins, President of Skift, is a proven leader, recognized media executive and branding expert who has consistently combined ground-up, business building brand strategy with methodical execution around incubator brands (Skift, Maxim, The Week, Cookie) and reimagined venerable brands (Brides, Conde Nast Traveler, epicurious) to fresh success.

Sarah Quinlan

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.

Andrei Faji

Dale A. Brill, Ph.D.

Dr. Dale Brill serves as Orlando Economic Partnership’s Senior Vice President of Research and directs its Foundation for Building Community. “The Partnership” is Central Florida’s catalyst for driving economic growth and broad-based prosperity. Dale’s background includes executive positions in the private, public, and independent sectors.

Layton Han

Layton is CEO of Adara. He knows how to take a business to the heights of success. He co-founded online loyalty marketing company, and as its co-president, saw revenue and profitability more than double. Prior to serving in that role, Layton was head of business and corporate development for, overseeing public and private company acquisitions and developing strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 companies.

Matt Zito

Matt Zito

Matt Zito, managing partner of Travel Startups Incubator, and a panel of travel marketing entrepreneurs “Destination Travel Innovation: What’s Happening Now, What’s Next and How DMOs Can Leverage It.”

Matt Zito

Sarah Quinlan

Sarah Quinlan, former group head and senior vice president of market insights at MasterCard Advisors,


Connect with the products, services, people and ideas that you need to thrive in todays rapidly evolving marketplace. Learn how emerging technology is going to impact how you connect with and influence your customers and communities in the future.
Marketer Registration: $495



The Marketing Leadership Summit will feature Connect’s signature reverse-style trade show featuring prescheduled one on one meetings with marketing decision makers in a more efficient and effective process to expedite the sales process and close business.  Take advantage of 20-25 guaranteed appointments with marketing decision makers who have a minimum marketing spend of $1 million. Supplier Registration: $3,950