Kentucky International Convention Center

August 26-28, 2019

Louisville, Kentucky

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.

 

THE LOCATION

The Galt House Hotel boasts more than 1,200 guest rooms and suites. The Galt House Hotel has an expert staff with a professional attitude and personable manner. With seven restaurants and lounges, including RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge®, the only restaurant in the world with twin revolving floors, offering guests 360 degree views of downtown and the Ohio River from 25 stories above the city. RIVUE is not to be outdone by the spectacular views at the rooftop fitness center. The hotel is known for hosting national conventions in a city that is anything but conventional. Family owned and operated, the Galt House Hotel’s name has long been associated with gracious hospitality and a unique southern flair amongst hotels in Louisville, Kentucky and the southwest region. The one thing the Galt House Hotel cannot be called is boring. Why stay at a chain when you can stay local? At the Galt House Hotel, you can get away from it all, and be in the middle of it all, at the same time. Book your room here by August 5.

HOW IT WORKS

Register and Pay

Registration starts at $995

Come to Louisville

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 26

1 – 5 p.m.

Regiception

1 – 5 p.m.

New Technology Expo

5 – 6 p.m.

Keynote Michael Phelps

7 – 9 p.m.

Pink-Out Opening Reception at Churchill Downs 

Tuesday, August 27

8:30 a.m.

Trade Show Opens

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

Education in Trade Show

10:30 a.m. – Noon

Marketplace Appointments

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch in the Trade Show

2 – 3 p.m.

Education in the Trade Show

3:30 – 5 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments

5 – 6 p.m.

Happy Hour

Wednesday, August 28

8:30 a.m.

Trade Show Opens

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

Education in the Trade Show

10:30 a.m. – Noon

Marketplace Appointments

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch in the Trade Show

3:30 – 5 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments

5:30 p.m.

Keynote Nicole Kidman

SPEAKERS

Rick Calvert

Michael Phelps

Record-setting Olympic Swimming Champion

Michael Phelps is widely regarded as one of the greatest athletes of all time. He captured 28 Olympic medals, including a record-setting 23 gold medals, and set 39 world records over the course of his career. Phelps utilized his performance bonus for winning eight gold medals in 2008 to establish the Michael Phelps Foundation, which promotes water safety, healthy living and the pursuit of dreams. The Foundation’s signature IM program is a learn-to-swim, healthy living and goal-setting curriculum based on the principles and tools Phelps utilized in his swimming career. It is available through the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Special Olympics International. 

Phelps launched his competitive swimwear brand, MP, in partnership with Aqua Sphere in 2014. He has published two autobiographies, “No Limits: The Will to Success” and “Beneath the Surface” that were New York Times and USA Today best sellers. He also published one children’s book, “How to Train With a T-Rex and Win Eight Gold Medals.”

Rick Calvert

Nicole Kidman

Academy Award-Winning Actress, Producer and Philanthropist

Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman first came to the attention of American audiences with her critically-acclaimed performance in the psychological thriller, “Dead Calm.” Kidman has since become an internationally recognized, award-winning actress known for her range and versatility. She received the Academy Award in 2003 for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in
“The Hours.”

Kidman’s most recent project includes the HBO series, “Big Little Lies,” for which she received an Emmy Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award. Her upcoming projects include “The Goldfinch,” a movie adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, and the HBO limited-series, “The Undoing,” which she will star in and executive produce.

 In 2017, the Cannes Film Festival honored Kidman with a special award for her body of work and longstanding history with the festival. She is one of only eight people to ever receive this honor in the 70-year history of the festival.

 Kidman serves as Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Fund for Women, whose goals are to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality, to raise awareness of the infringement on women’s human rights around the world and to end violence against women. Along with her husband, Keith Urban, she has helped raise millions over the years for the Women’s Cancer Program.

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