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WHERE BUSINESS TRAVEL GETS DONE

Connect Business Travel is a nonstop ticket for corporate travel executives representing Fortune 1000 companies to meet with suppliers eager to forge new partnerships. Through Connect’s trademark reverse-style trade show, corporate travel execs remain seated at tables while suppliers come to them for one-on-one appointments to get the ball rolling on future business development. Our team curates these short meetings to ensure both sides are a good match for one another. This is the event to build strong connections, learn best practices, and catch up the latest trends and technology.

Who Attends?

  • Corporate Travel Executives
  • Hotels
  • Airlines
  • Car Rental Companies
  • Service Providers
  • Technology Providers

WHY NOW?

Business travel is coming back, but the world has changed. We know your time and resources are limited. Connect is putting all the resources you need to capitalize on a resurgent market under one roof. Attending Connect Business Travel is the most cost-effective and efficient way to meet with the right partners face-to-face. Build long-lasting relationships while building toward a better tomorrow!

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

The Venetian Resort, one of the most iconic properties on the Las Vegas Strip, boasts three all-suite hotel towers, luxurious dining, two casino floors, entertainment, nightlife, and retail offerings, in addition to more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting space. The unique combination of hospitality, entertainment and meeting space creates one of the most dynamic footprints on the Las Vegas Strip.

Planners

Planners who would like to qualify to attend this event should click below to register.

Suppliers

To register for Connect Business Travel, please reach out to Masoud Sharifi.

AGENDA

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

1-3 p.m.

Registration

2 p.m.

Trade Show Opens

3-4 p.m.

Education

4-5 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments

6-9 p.m.

Opening Reception

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Hosted Breakfasts (Invite Only)

9-11 a.m.

Marketplace Appointments

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Trade Show Hours

11-11:30 a.m.

Education Presented by BizBash

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Education Presented by BizBash

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Lunch

12:15-1 p.m.

Education Presented by BizBash

1-1:30 p.m.

Education Presented by BizBash

2-3 p.m.

Education Presented by BizBash

3-5 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments

5-6 p.m.

Margarita Happy Hour

6-9 p.m.

Open Night

Thursday,  April 13, 2023

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Hosted Breakfasts

9-11 a.m.

Education Presented by BizBash and Trade Show

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments

11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Education Presented by BizBash

12:15-1:30 p.m.

Lunch

1:30-3 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments

What They’re Saying

I always enjoy reconnecting with others in my field and making new connections at these events. This year and last, I came home with three great business opportunities and even if they do not come to fruition, the direct connection has been made for future opportunities.

Trish Gomez

Group Sales Manager, Whitney Peak Hotel

Connect has been one of those shows that never disappoints me as we always land business from the show.

Mark Rath

Director of Sales, Visit Omaha

My experience with Connect Meetings has been exceptional. I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to meet with suppliers from coast to coast. If you are just starting your career as a planner, you must place Connect Meetings on your to-do list at least once a year.

Ava Henry

HelmsBriscoe

Nowhere else are we able to spend time with our current clients, prospective clients, hotel and city partners all in one place.

Beth Matran

Director of Team Relations, Team Travel Source

SPEAKERS COMING SOON

PLANNERS

Planners interested in qualifying for and attending this event, should click below.

SUPPLIERS

To register for Connect Business Travel, please reach out to Masoud Sharifi.

Terms and Conditions: By registering for and attending the event I consent to and agree to abide by the terms, conditions and code of conduct posted here.

Connect Cancellation Policy: Connect 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 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.

Connect Southeast
Oct. 3-5, Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Must be physically located in the Southeastern
    states
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect West
Nov. 9-10, San Francisco

  • Must be physically located in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and/or New Mexico
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect Winter Marketplace
Nov. 28-29, Washington, DC

Connect DC

  • Must be a Corporate or Association Planner that is physically located in the DMV area
  • Third Parties are allowed with completed Trusted Planner Form
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect Med | Tech

  • Must plan meetings or events that serve the Medical OR Technology industries
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • May be located anywhere in the United States
  • Must have the ability to source meetings nationally

Connect Pacific Northwest
Nov. 14-16, El Paso, TX

  • Must be physically located in Texas
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect Pacific Northwest
Sept. 19-20, Boise, Idaho

  • Must be physically located in WA, OR, ID, Northern California or Vancouver
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally
  • Must demonstrate a solid 2-year event history

Connect Florida
Sept. 13-15, Kissimmee Florida

  • Corporate or national association planner based in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect Faith
Oct. 3-5, Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Must plan faith-based meetings & events
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Connect Spring Marketplace
May 22-24, Puerto Rico
M
ore than 2,000 event professionals are expected for this industry leading event in Puerto Rico. Tracks include:

  • Association
    • Event must be able to rotate nationally
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • 2-year history planning events
  • Corporate
    • Financial
    • Medical
    • Technology
      • Event must be able to rotate nationally
      • 50+ room nights on peak
      • 2-year history planning events
    • Citywides
      • At least 1,000 room rights with 100,000 square feet of exhibit space
    • Diversity
      • Planners for multicultural and inclusive organizations
      • Ability to rotate nationally
      • 2-year history planning events
    • Luxury & Incentive
      • Proven history using 5-star hotels and resorts for events
      • Ability to rotate nationally
    • Sports
      • Rights holders and event planners for tournaments/competitions that rotate nationally with at least 50 room nights on peak
      • LGBTQ+ Summit

Connect Marketplace
Aug. 8-10, Detroit
More than 4,000 event professionals are expected for Connect’s largest annual event.

  • Association
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • Solid 2-year history planning events
  • Corporate
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • Solid 2-year history planning events
    • Event must be able to rotate nationally
  • Specialty
    • Planners of SMERF (Social, Military, Educational, and Fraternal) events
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • Solid 2-year history planning events
    • Event must be able to rotate nationally
  • Sports
    • 50+ room nights on peak
    • Solid 2-year history planning events
    • Event must be able to rotate nationally
    • Women in Sports Tourism Forum
  • BizBash
    • Must be a decision maker who is responsible for the procurement of event activations and experiences
    • Does NOT source meetings & events with hotels or CVBs
    • Third Parties and Intermediaries are not yet allowed to participate
    • If you are a Third Party/Intermediary, we encourage you to apply for the Connect track that is best suited for you