New Orleans

August 17-19, 2020

New Orleans, LA

THE EVENT

Connect Tour powered by Connect Travel is a domestic travel show, specifically designed to address industry needs. The  event combines the right timing, 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 market. Connect Tour is the premier hosted-buyer event that brings together the most active tour operators, suppliers and experts in Domestic tour and travel for preset appointments, keynote general sessions, planner/supplier roundtables and quality networking. View 2019 participating buyer companies. 2020 buyer companies coming soon!

THE LOCATION

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. 

HOW IT WORKS

Register and Pay

Registration starts at $995 (rate increases April 1, 2020)

Come to New Orleans

Meet with Domestic tour operators during pre-scheduled one-on-one Marketplace appointments.

Network

Meet with tour operators and suppliers within the industry in a fun and social atmosphere while building key relationships.

Learn From Experts

Enjoy in-depth sessions about relevant topics led by industry experts.

Unwind and Mingle

Build relationships while the networking continues at our entertaining and interactive receptions.

Stand Out

Sponsorships are the perfect way to increase visibility of your service, venue or destination while attending Connect. Engage with attendees on a deeper level and leave a lasting impression that will grow your group business.  Contact sales@connecttravel.com for more information!

AGENDA OVERVIEW

Monday, August 17

1 – 5 p.m.

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 a.m. – 2 p.m.

IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum

Produced by International Association of Exhibitons and Events (IAEE) 

4:45 – 6 p.m.

Keynote General Session

7 – 9 p.m.

Opening Reception 

Tuesday, August 18

8:30 a.m.

Trade Show Opens

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

Education in Trade Show

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Speaker Showcase 

10 a.m.- Noon

Marketplace Appointments

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch in the Trade Show

12:30 – 1 p.m.

Speaker Showcase

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Speaker Showcase

2 – 3 p.m.

Education in the Trade Show

5 – 6 p.m.

Meetups

5 – 6 p.m.

Happy Hour

Wednesday, August 19

8:30 a.m.

Trade Show Opens

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

Education in the Trade Show

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Speaker Showcase

10:00 a.m. – Noon

Marketplace Appointments

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch in the Trade Show

12:30 – 1 p.m.

Speaker Showcase

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Speaker Showcase

2 – 3 p.m.

Education in the Trade Show

5:30 p.m.

Keynote General Session

7 p.m.

Closing Reception

2020 SPEAKERS COMING SOON!

OPERATORS

SUPPLIERS