WHERE BUSINESS GETS DONE

Connect and BizBash are joining forces to empower meeting and event professionals to provide unmatched appointments, networking opportunities, education and other resources to source future meetings and events and create memorable experiences. Thousands of hosted buyers across the Association, BizBash, Corporate, Specialty and Sports tracks will participate in highly curated appointments with matched destinations and venues and, in the BizBash case, leading event technology and event experience partners. Marketplace attendees will also benefit from BizBash’s elite education content Speaker Showcase Theater, where industry thought leaders will participate in panels, live Q&A sessions, keynotes and more.

 

MINNEAPOLIS CONVENTION CENTER

The MCC is the largest meeting and convention facility in Minnesota, with over 480,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 28,000 square-foot ballroom, a 3,400-fixed-seat auditorium and 90 meeting rooms, all connected to the skyway system.

HOSTED BUYERS

Hosted Buyers interested in qualifying for attending this event should click below.

SUPPLIERS

To register for Connect Marketplace please reach out to your sales representative or Derek Rodriguez.

AGENDA OVERVIEW

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

2-5 p.m.

Regiception

2-5 p.m.

Trade Show Opens

6-9 p.m.

Opening Reception

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

7:45-8:45 a.m.

Hosted Breakfasts (Invite Only)

9-11 a.m.

Marketplace Appointments

Huntington Place; Level 2; Exhibit Hall B-D

10:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Trade Show Hours

11-11:25 a.m.

Education Presented by BizBash
Speaker Showcase Theater

11:35 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

Education Presented by BizBash
Speaker Showcase Theater

 

Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch in Trade Show

12:15-12:50 p.m.

Education Presented by BizBash
Speaker Showcase Theater

12:55-1:45 p.m.

Education Presented by BizBash
Speaker Showcase Theater

2-2:35 p.m.

Education Presented by BizBash
Speaker Showcase Theater

2:40-3:20 p.m.

Education Presented by BizBash
Speaker Showcase Theater

3-5 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments

5-9 p.m.

Open Night

Explore Minneapolis’ great culinary scene and attractions, or set-up private meetings with potential partners.

Thursday,  Aug. 24, 2023

7:45-8:45 a.m.

CMP Breakfast

7:45-8:45 a.m.

Hosted Breakfasts (Invite Only)

9-11 a.m.

Marketplace Appointments

10:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Trade Show Hours

11:15-11:45 a.m.

Education Presented by BizBash
Speaker Showcase Theater

Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch in Trade Show

12:10-12:45 p.m.

Education Presented by BizBash
Speaker Showcase Theater

1-1:45 p.m.

Education Presented by BizBash
Speaker Showcase Theater

2-2:35 p.m.

Education Presented by BizBash
Speaker Showcase Theater

2:40-3:15 p.m.

Education Presented by BizBash
Speaker Showcase Theater

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments

4:30-6 p.m.

Closing Ceremonies

What They’re Saying

Connect Marketplace will continue to be at the top of our list of trade shows. We have walked away from each event with a number of successes, new connections, creative activations, and new revenue producing opportunities. The Connect team has always been immensely supportive of all our Great Wolf properties, and aligned us with opportunities to make more connections with planners. This year at Connect Spring Marketplace in Puerto Rico, we walked away with $1.4 million in new lead opportunities. This is a first for our brand. We look forward to many more successes as we head to Connect Marketplace in Detroit this August.

Jaime Risch

Corporate Director, Strategic Accounts, Great Wolf Resorts

I have to say it was one of the BEST ones I’ve attended, and I’ve attended many. The team was amazing, and everything seemed to go so well. I have to say the sports track was really, really good. Overall, it was 10 out of 10 in my books. Good appointments, great location, and a team that blew me away.

Tina Porter

Senior Sales Manager, Explore Asheville

OUR SPONSORS

Meet Minneapolis

Official Airline Partner

Delta

SPEAKERS COMING SOON

HOSTED BUYERS

Hosted Buyers looking to qualify for and attend this event should click below

SUPPLIERS

To register for Connect Marketplace 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