WHERE BUSINESS GETS DONE

Connect D.C. is the premier B2B conference in which association and corporate meeting planners based in Washington, D.C.  meet with representatives from CVBs, hotels, convention centers and other venues eager to host their next event. Attendees walk away with inspiration, business leads and connections that only Connect events can provide.

We are excited to bring Connect Faith, our longest running track, to the nation’s capital. Connect Faith will provide important 1-on-1 meetings with suppliers, as well as inspirational content, and networking opportunities.

Connect Tech is a premier B2B conference in which meeting and event planners representing  technology-based companies meet with representatives from CVBs, hotels, convention centers and other venues eager to host events. Attendees walk away with business leads and connections that only Connect events can provide.

Grand Hyatt Washington

Grand Hyatt Washington is located in downtown Washington, D.C., just blocks away from the National Mall. Immerse yourself in the historic sights, luxury shopping, and alluring nightlife of the nation’s capital. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, you’ll enjoy exceptional comfort and service, as well as a direct connection to the city via the Metro Center station.

Planners

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

Suppliers

To register for this event, please reach out to your sales representative or Derek Rodriguez.

AGENDA 

(Subject to Change)

Monday, Nov. 27, 2023

1 p.m.

Registration

2-4 p.m.

Education: Plan-A-Thon (sponsorship available)

Put on your planner’s hat—imagine that!—in this collaborative networking exercise in which attendees team up to develop a new event idea in 30 minutes. Then, the teams share their dream ideas in presentations in front of the whole group. Presented by David Adler and five table moderators.

4-6 p.m.

1-on-1 Appointments

Get down to business in the most powerful city in the world. This is the place where deals get done!

6 p.m.

Conversation & Cocktails (sponsorship available)

Grab a drink and share a story with your new best friends/future business partners.

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023

7:30-9 a.m.

Experience Scottsdale Focus Group

9-9:45 a.m.

Education: Legal and Contracts

In a town filled with lawyers, we get to the nuts and bolts of planning events. Hear invaluable advice on overcoming legal and contractual challenges from experts in the field.

9:15-9:45 a.m.

Education: High Society: Emerging THC Trends in Events.

The events industry is fired up about the legalization of THC. This panel, high on THC’s potential for events, sorts through the smoke signals to share tips and trends for what’s ahead. Presented by Jess Tyler, senior vice president of events and sales, MJBiz

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

1-on-1 Appointments

12-1 p.m.

Lunch and Learn: 22 Ideas from 2022

Extra, extra, hear all about it! BizBash editorial team members share creative event planning, production, and marketing ideas they’ve reported on during this 30-minute session sure to inspire event pros ready to try something new at their events. Presented by Sarah Kloepple, managing editor, BizBash.

1-2 p.m.

Education: Inside the White House: From State Dinners to Top-Secret Events

Ever wonder what it’s like organizing live experiences at the White House? Learn about life as the White House Social Secretary, a job where you can’t cut corners (oval is the preferred shape, after all). Hear stories about preventing international protocol incidents and planning intimate gatherings for world leaders. Sometimes, the party room can feel as and tense as the Situation Room! Presented by Deesha Dyer, founder and CEO, Hook & Fasten; Former White House Social Secretary

2-3 p.m.

1-on-1 Appointments

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023

9-11 a.m.

1-on-1 Appointments

11 a.m.

Departures

2022 SPONSORS

Hyatt
PEORIA
Branson
Little Rock
experience scottsdale
Kalahari
Greensboro NC CVB
Innovia

SPEAKERS COMING SOON!

PLANNERS

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

SUPPLIERS

To register for this event, please reach out to your sales representative or Derek Rodriguez.

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