Connect California

Huntington Beach, California Pasea Hotel & Spa

Important Connect California Update:

 

Due to recent concerns about coronavirus, we are postponing Connect California. The health and safety of our attendees are our top priorities and we will be taking several precautions to protect you at every future Connect event.

 

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently ordered statewide cancellations of events over 250 people and we want to comply with those directives.

 

We intend to reschedule Connect California this summer and possibly collocate the event with BizBash West and RTO Summit West in late June to make it an even more valuable and exciting show to all our attendees.

 

This event will be perfectly positioned to help you recover business post-outbreak. You can still expect incredible EIC-approved education, great networking opportunities with other people in your industry and awesome receptions. This is a new world, but rest assured Connect has a plan to help you rebound.

General Information

California Means Business.

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

Connect California 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 $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

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

 

2020 Agenda

Wednesday, April 1

Registration

Sapphire Foyer

Marketplace Appointments

Sapphire Ballroom

Sponsored by Visit Santa Barbara

Happy Hour Education

Sapphire Ballroom

Sponsored by Meritage Collection

Opening Reception

Ocean Lawn and Terrace

Join our hosts for a taste of the Meritage Collection at their gorgeous Pasea Hotel & Spa. Feast your eyes and appetites on this amazing resort and venue along the Pacific Ocean!

Thursday, April 2

Optional Morning Beach Activities (Reservation Required)

Surfing:
We are excited to offer a morning surf lesson to you right here at Huntington Beach, led by our friends over at Corky Carroll's Surf School! The lesson will take place from 8-10 a.m. on Thursday, April 2. No experience is necessary. A shuttle will pick you up from the hotel and drop you off. Surfboard and wetsuit provided. Limited spots available!
Reserve your spot for surfing here.

Yoga:
Join us for a morning yoga session at Huntington Beach. Yoga will take place from 9-10 a.m. on Thursday, April 2. All levels are welcome—learn how to combine posture, breathing and meditation to improve strength, flexibility and stamina. Water, sunscreen, and mats will be provided. Limited spots available!
Reserve your spot for yoga here.

Marketplace Appointments

Sapphire Ballroom

Lunch

Ocean Lawn and Terrace

Geoteaming Session

Sapphire Ballroom

Participate in a positive, creative, valuable, challenging team building program that delivers a balance of competitive fun and collaborative learning elements. Have a lot of fun, generate excitement, enthusiasm, and celebrate past and future successes!

Marketplace Appointments

Sapphire Ballroom

Sponsored by Visit Huntington Beach

Closing Reception

The Blue Room and Terrace

Join our hosts for a wonderful closing evening featuring California's best in food and drinks as we toast to a great event in a very memorable destination—Huntington Beach!

2020 Education

Subject to change

Wednesday, Apr. 1

| Welcome Education

Travel Tech and Tools to WOW Your Clients

Thursday, Apr. 2

| General Session

Geoteaming Session

| General Session

Next Era Thinking in Events and Meetings

 

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.

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.

If suppliers prefer to book over the phone, they are welcome to call Paséa Reservations at (866) 478-9702, extension “1” for reservations, then extension “1” for wedding and event reservations and mention you are attending Connect California.

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.