Connect California & Connect Southwest

Long Beach, California Westin Long Beach

General Information

California Means Business.

Enhance your skills, network with industry leaders and drive more business at Connect California & Connect Southwest—the event for planners and suppliers focused on national association, corporate and international meetings and events in California and the American Southwest. Experience a quality packed day of general sessions, roundtables, preset appointments and networking.

To qualify for this event, planners must meet the following requirements:

  • Be physically based in California, Arizona, or Nevada and be responsible for the site selection of a minimum of 1 meeting or event that can be held in California and the southwestern region and generate a minimum of 50 hotel rooms on peak night;
  • Complete pre-scheduled 1-on-1 appointments with CVBs, hotels and other service providers;
  • Planners from the same organization must each register to discuss a unique meeting during appointments.

Connect California & Southwest is the business marketplace where RFPs are placed, dates are secured and relationships are developed for future business.

Planner Information

Register and Pay.

Get your $250 $99 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 $250 $99.

Frequently asked Planners questions

Planner Registration

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

Suppliers should book their rooms through the reservation portal.

Registration cost

Registration starts at $4,450.

Frequently Asked Supplier Questions

Supplier Registration

2021 Location

The Westin Long Beach

 

Balance your mind, body and spirit at The Westin Long Beach. Located in the city's thriving downtown district, steps from the convention center, rhe hotel is designed to maximize your potential. Whether you are in Long Beach for business or vacation, take time to explore the area, as the Queen Mary and the Catalina Express are just moments away. Return to the hotel and maintain your health at the WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio or take advantage of Long Beach's sunny weather to enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool. Our on-site restaurant, Navy Proof Food & Spirits, lets you satisfy your palate with California Coastal cuisine and craft cocktails. Business travelers appreciate downtown event venues, including a ballroom that seats more than 1,000 attendees. 

 

2021 Agenda

Subject to change

 

Thursday, Dec. 9

Registration

The moment you have been waiting for is here: It's time to sign in and make Connect California official. Get your bearings and say, "Hi" to old friends!

Sponsored by Visit Anchorage Alaska

California Conversations—Panel With California DMOs

California is on the road to recovery. Hear from local CVB officials about what to expect in 2022.

Marketplace Appointments

Get down to business with Connect's "speed dating" featuring the right matches for you!

Sponsored by Riverside CVB

Happy Hour Education

It's cheers to great content as we mix the best of the traditional events in this unique spin on education that you are thirsty for!

Opening Reception Hosted by Long Beach CVB

Unwind after a long day of meetings and education with a taste of what Long Beach has to offer. Celebrate the return of in-person meetings while making new connections.

Friday, Dec. 10

Sponsored by Visit Anchorage Alaska

Networking Breakfast

Marketplace Appointments

Close out the conference strong with a second set of six-minute meetings that are the building blocks for future business.

Departures

2021 Education

Subject to change

Thursday, Dec. 9

| California Conversations

Sate of the State
 

| Happy Hour Education

TBD

Friday, Dec. 10

| General Session

TBD

 

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 $250 $99 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.

If I am driving to the event, will I be eligible for a mileage reimbursement?

If the mileage from your residence exceeds 100 miles, 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.

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 the reservation portal link.

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

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.