WHERE BUSINESS GETS DONE

Connect Florida is a premier B2B conference in which meeting primarily for corporate and association event planners based in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States meet with representatives from CVBs, hotels, convention centers and other venues eager to host their next event. Attendees walk away with business leads and connections that only Connect events can provide.

Margaritaville Resort Orlando

Margaritaville Resort Orlando provides a fun, friendly, and convenient setting for all events. Whether you are hosting a large conference or a small business meeting, you will find the facilities and all the amenities you need. And the best part? You will have plenty of ways to unwind at the end of each day or celebrate when all the work is done. The resort offers 40,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space and can accommodate up to 1,680 guests in our outdoor venues and up to 500 in our indoor venues.

FAQs

Is there parking?
Yes, self-parking is free at the hotel. Valet costs $35 and will not be reimbursed.

What is the dress code?
Business casual for appointments and education. Casual for the reception at Island H20 Water Park.

Is there an app?
No! This is a small show and information will be readily available, including printouts of appointment schedules.

Know Before You Go

Watch our webinar on what to expect in Kissimmee during Connect Marketplace Florida.

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)

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

2-3 p.m.

Registration

Compass Pre-Function Space

3-5:30 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments

Compass Meeting Room

6-8 p.m.

Open Night

Explore the many culinary and entertainment options available in Kissimmee

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022

8:30-10 a.m.

Marketplace Appointments

Compass Meeting Room

10:30-11:45 a.m.

The Power of Connection, presented by Taylor Buonocore Guthrie, Convers(ate)
On Vacation Meeting Room

Dig into some of the neuroscience behind engagement, while deepening your relationships with fellow attendees in this interactive session designed to spark conversation.

12-1 p.m.

Lunch Sponsored by Visit St. Pete Clearwater

On Vacation Meeting Room, Margaritaville

1:45-3:30 p.m.

Island Grove Wine Company Site Visit & Wellness/CSR Sessions

Crow PracticeOrlando-based Crow Practice will conduct a 30-minute educational session on how to incorporate wellness into your meeting content and events.

5-7 p.m.

Island H20Reception at Island H20 Sponsored by Experience Kissimmee

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022

9-10 A.M.

Marketplace Appointments

Compass Meeting Room

OUR SPONSORS

Experience Kissimmee
Crow Practice Logo
St. Pete Clearwater
Island H2O
Island Grove Wine Company

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