Connect 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

General Information

Connect Means Business

Connect brings together the most active planners, suppliers and experts across six meetings and events industry markets. Attendees gain crucial experience to advance their careers and business through professional development and meetings excellence—all while having fun. More information will be available soon about Connect 2020 in New Orleans. In the meantime, you can familiarize yourself with the event by checking out info about this year's Connect event in Louisville.

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Why Connect? In three words: because we care!

Connect cares about your success and we know that your time is extremely valuable. That's why we go above and beyond to make sure that every minute of our event is worth your time and propels you forward.

Planner Information

Register and Pay.

Get your $200 registration fee back after completing all scheduled Marketplace appointments.

Travel to Connect.

Attend the hosted-buyer event designed for association, corporate and specialty professionals.

Connect with Peers.

Meet with pre-selected suppliers in one-on-one appointments.

Learn from Experts.

Enjoy in-depth, interactive education on in-demand topics while earning continuing education credits.

Unwind and Mingle.

Continue networking at our fun receptions.

Registration Cost

Registration starts at $200.

Frequently asked Planners questions

Planner Registration

Association

Corporate

Expo

Specialty

Sports

Tour

Supplier Information

  • Face–to-face meetings with qualified planners
  • Only planners who can book business qualify
  • 1:1 planner-to-supplier ratio
  • Full contact information for all meeting planners
  • Training with industry experts
  • Numerous networking opportunities to do business
  • ROI that is evident before you leave the conference
  • Reserve your hotel today!

Registration cost

Registration starts at $4,450.

Frequently Asked Supplier Questions

Supplier Registration

Association

Corporate

Expo

Specialty

Sports

Tour

Important Supplier Hotel Booking Note:

 

It has been brought to our attention that a company called NTA is reaching out to our attendees about using their services to book their room for Connect this August in New Orleans. As we are working to quickly combat this issue, please be advised that NTA is NOT affiliated with Connect and it is NOT a valid way to book your hotel room for Connect in New Orleans. Please disregard any calls or messaging from this company as they are not responsible for our housing.

 

The only way to book your stay for your room at Connect is through our official booking link found here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your Connect Sales Representative.

 

2020 Agenda

Monday, Aug. 17

Sponsored by Pure Michigan

Pure Michigan's Regiception

Appointments—President's Club, Expo, Virtual

Education Sessions

Sponsored by MGM Resorts International

Happy Hour

Sponsored by Visit Oakland

Speaker Showcase 1

Sponsored by New Orleans CVB

Opening Reception

Tuesday, Aug. 18

Hosted by Great Wolf Lodge, Kalahari Resorts and Visit Huntington Beach

Hosted Breakfasts
(Invitation Only)

Trade Show Opens

Appointments—Association, Faith, Luxury, Sports

Education Sessions

Sponsored by Visit Oakland

Speaker Showcase 2

Lunch in the Trade Show

Sponsored by Visit Oakland

Speaker Showcase 3

Education Sessions

Appointments—Corporate, Specialty, Tour

Open Night

Wednesday, Aug. 19

Trade Show Opens

Appointments—Corporate, Specialty, Tour

Education Sessions

Sponsored by Visit Oakland

Speaker Showcase 4

Lunch in the Trade Show

Sponsored by Visit Oakland

Speaker Showcase 5

Education Sessions

Appointments—Association, Faith, Luxury, Sports

Closing Cocktails

2020 Education Sessions

Subject to change

Registration Day Workshops

 | 2-3 p.m.

"Master Linkedin to Build Your Personal Brand"

"Social Selling 101"

"Avoid the Common Traps and Hazards of Event Planning"

"Making Your Destination Autism-Approved"

Tech Theater

 

8:45-9:45 a.m.: "Instagram for Business: Where to Begin"

2-3 p.m.: "#EventTech: Epic Event Fails (and How to Avoid Them)"

 

8:45-9:45 a.m.: "Content Curation Walkthrough"

2-3 p.m.: "Tech for the Savvy Business Traveler"

Risk Management Theater

 

8:45-9:45 a.m.: "What's Behind the Curtain of Hotel Negotiations: Examining the Elements That can Give You Real Negotiating Power"

2-3 p.m.: "Successful Negotiations in a Seller's Market"

 

8:45-9:45 a.m.: "RFP: It Doesn't Have to Mean 'Really Frightening Process'"

2-3 p.m.: "Meeting Budgets and Cost Saving Strategies"

Marketing, Social Media and Branding Theater

 

8:45-9:45 a.m.: "Profit From Disruption: Tear Down Marketing's Old Walls to See the Future of Your Business"

 

8:45-9:45 a.m.: "Communicating at the Right speed"

2-3 p.m.: "Social Media and Marketing Panel

BizBash Theater, Meeting and Event Design

 

8:45-9:45 a.m.: "Titans of the Industry Panel: Design"

2-3 p.m.: "Titans of the Industry Panel: Experiences"

 

8:45-9:45 a.m.: "Ideas and Inspiration"

2-3 p.m.: "Live Experience Bootcamp"

Athletes in Action Theater

 

8:45-9:45 a.m.: Austin Hatch

2-3 p.m.: Christa Samaras

 

8:45-9:45 a.m.: Will Waller

 

Frequently Asked Planner Questions

What is a reverse tradeshow?

Our innovative Marketplace system matches planners and suppliers for individual appointments based on their requests, as well as additional factors. Planners sit at designated tables and suppliers have 1-2 minutes to travel between appointments. A chime signifies the beginning and end of each appointment.

How much does registration cost?

Qualified planners pay a $200 registration fee that will be returned at the end of the conference if all Marketplace appointments are kept.

When will I get my registration fee back?

Once all Marketplace appointments have been fulfilled and the final set of Marketplace appointments have concluded, refunds will be available at a designated location.

How does the appointment process work?

Planners and suppliers will receive an email stating that the appointment request process is open. Mutual requests get priority, then planner requests are granted, followed by supplier requests. It is not a first-come, first-served process. As long as you complete your requests by the designated end date, your appointment selections will be granted the appropriate priority.

You will receive an email prior to the show with instructions for logging into the appointment portal.

Is transportation covered?

If applicable, you will receive a preset transportation reimbursement at the conclusion of all scheduled appointments. We do not cover parking expenses, so be prepared for this additional cost.

When will you book my hotel room?

You will receive an email confirmation from the host hotel for a secured room about two weeks prior to the event. It might show a room rate, but attending as a planner, you will not be responsible for this charge. However, you will be asked to put down a credit card for incidentals when you check into your hotel. Incidentals are not covered by Connect.

What is Connect's refund/cancellation policy?

A Hosted Buyer is required to pay a fee to guarantee registration. Once a Hosted Buyer completes all of the preset appointments, the fee will be refunded. If a Hosted Buyer misses any appointments, cancels attendance after the appointment portal opens, or cancels attendance at any point 24 hours after flight booking, the deposit refund is forfeited and the Hosted Buyer's credit card on file will be charged the entire amount of the airline ticket, (As well as costs incurred in securing non-refundable hotel accommodations in the planners name for the duration of the event.) Hosted Buyers also forfeit their fee if the meeting qualification information presented to our staff is falsified, if the data on the registration page is false or exaggerated, if the Hosted Buyer does not have any influence on the decision process, or if there is any misrepresentation by the Hosted Buyer. If the Hosted Buyer's application is denied, the Hosted Buyer will be refunded the respective deposit.

 

Refund will be available after fulfillment and final set of appointments at the event have concluded. It is the sole responsibility of each planner to pick up their refund before leaving the event. The attendee agrees to settle all disputes regarding their deposit, reimbursement, refunds, and incentive within 30 days post-event. All disputes not settled within 30 days post-event will be null and void and no deposit, reimbursement, refunds, or incentive will be eligible to be collected.

When will I receive my appointments?

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will be giving more time to planners and suppliers to register for the show. This means there will be a shorter time to review your appointment schedule before the conference starts. We are anticipating you will get your appointment schedule 24 to 48 hours before the show. 

Frequently Asked Supplier Questions

What is a reverse tradeshow?

Our innovative Marketplace system matches planners and suppliers for individual appointments based on their requests, as well as additional factors. Planners sit at designated tables and suppliers have 1-2 minutes to travel between appointments. A chime signifies the beginning and end of each appointment
 

How much does registration cost?

Registration starts at $4,450. Non-appointment attendee registration is $2,000. Talk to your regional sales rep for more information.
 

How do I book my hotel room?

Attendees will receive a special rate at our host hotel when they use this reservation portal link.

Suppliers who opt to make reservations outside the event room block incur a $350 non-host hotel fee.

What is the last day to book my hotel?

July 24, 2020 is the cutoff date to book your hotel for Connect in New Orleans.

How does the appointment process work?

Planners and suppliers will receive an email stating that the appointment request process is open. Mutual requests get priority, then planner requests are granted, followed by supplier requests. It is not a first-come, first-served process. As long as you complete your requests by the designated end date, your appointment selections will be granted the appropriate priority.

You will receive an email prior to the show with instructions for logging into the appointment portal.

When will I receive my appointments?

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will be giving more time to planners and suppliers to register for the show. This means there will be a shorter time to review your appointment schedule before the conference starts. We are anticipating you will get your appointment schedule 24 to 48 hours before the show.