Connect Sports goes virtual in 2020!
Enhance your skills, learn about trending topics, network and drive more business at this event that brings together the sports tourism industry’s top event organizers, NGBs, suppliers and industry experts.
Why Connect Sports? 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.
Register and Pay.
Get your $200 registration fee back after completing all scheduled Marketplace appointments.
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.
- Private, one-on-one 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
Wednesday, Sept. 9
Opening Session With Tianna Tye
Game Changers Recognition
Connect Sports Trivia Night Hosted by Connor Shane
Hosted by USA Racquetball's Connor Shane, expect a fun night of sports-related trivia questions with your colleagues from across the country.
Thursday, Sept. 10
Welcome and 1-on-1 Appointments Presented by the Visit Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance
Education Session With Crista Samaras
Free-flow 1-on-1 Appointments
You’ve heard of a bartender, but have you ever met a STAR-tender? Join Visit Oakland for a fun and interactive cocktail experience with one of the best mixologists in the “The Town!” We will make a unique cocktail, network and share a toast to getting back to business in 2020!
Session: Unconscious Bias at Work
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1 p.m. | Presented by Tianna Tye
Building an organizational culture of inclusivity requires building individual awareness of bias. In this virtual workshop, Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Tianna Tye is going share how you can become more aware of your own biases and introduce tools to minimize the negative effect it has both personally and professionally.
During this session, you will:
- Learn the science behind unconscious bias and how the brain operates outside of conscious intention.
- Recognize real examples of how bias impacts organizations at a systemic level
- Discover why bias is the enemy of innovation and a healthy company culture
- Reflect on personal commitments to help shift towards a culture of inclusivity in your sphere of influence
Session: Brave Your Fear
Thursday, Sept. 10, 12:50 p.m. | Presented by Crista Samaras
Fear is an untapped resource and the foundational element of bravery. It is also one of the most compressing emotions, creating internal barriers that block us off from confidence, growth, and joy. Join this high-paced, thought-provoking hour as Crista Samaras, Founder & CEO of Brave Enterprises, noted motivational speaker and former World-Champion and All-American lacrosse player, talks about bravery, confidence, and how to use fear as fuel for action.
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.
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.