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 at the Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater, where industry thought leaders will participate in panels, live Q&A sessions, keynotes and more.

Click HERE for tips to get around Detroit, restaurant recommendations, and more information to enjoy your time in Detroit.

HUNTINGTON PLACE

Located downtown, Huntington Place is one of the premier convention venues in Detroit. As the 17th largest convention center in the U.S., it has over 2.4 million square feet of meeting space and a range of new developments on the way. Huntington Place recently finished a $279 million renovation, which has more than doubled the use of the facility. This includes the revamped, 40,000 square-foot Grand Riverview Ballroom and a wealth of technology updates. Innovation doesn’t end with the tech upgrades, however. Sustainability is a top priority for this LEED Gold Certified facility, for instance, it features a glass-enclosed concourse and three-story glass atrium that provides enough natural light to minimize lighting usage. When it comes to finding the perfect destination for your next business meeting or event, Huntington Place is forward thinking and equipped with everything you need.

Trade Show Floor

Trade Show Floor Plan

The floor plan to the Connect Marketplace trade show is available online here. Thank you to our record number of exhibitors, who will make this show the biggest and best in Connect history.

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

Monday, Aug 8, 2022

2-5 p.m.

Regiception
Sponsored by Pure Michigan
Huntington Place; Level 2; Exhibit Hall B-D

2-5 p.m.

Trade Show Opens
Huntington Place; Level 2; Exhibit Hall B-D

6-9 p.m.

Opening Reception, Hosted by Visit Detroit

See what the Motor City has to offer in this uniquely Detroit experience to celebrate Connect and the events industry!

Tuesday, AUG. 9

7:45-8:45 a.m.

Hosted Breakfasts (Invite Only)

9-11 a.m.

Marketplace Appointments
Sponsored by Traveling Teams

Huntington Place; Level 2; Exhibit Hall B-D

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

Trade Show Hours
Huntington Place; Level 2; Exhibit Hall B-D

11-11:25 a.m.

Sports Tourism Update
Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater

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

Education Sessions, Presented by BizBash
Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater

Gather Geeks Live with David Adler

Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch in Trade Show
Sponsored by Visit Walnut Creek

12:15-12:50 p.m.

Education Sessions, Presented by BizBash
Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater

The Flirty Dozen: 12 Emotional Ingredients for Creating Intimate Events

12:55-1:45 p.m.

Education Sessions, Presented by BizBash
Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: A Deep Dive into AV Contracts

2-2:35 p.m.

Education Session, Presented by BizBash
Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater

Digital Passports: The Future of Attendee Perks

2:40-3:20 p.m.

Education Sessions, Presented by BizBash
Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater

Under Contract: Tips for Contract Negotiating Success

3-5 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments
Sponsored by Traveling Teams

5-9 p.m.

Beach Party at Campus Martius Park
Sponsored by Visit Detroit

Enjoy a live DJ, lawn games, food trucks, and a cash bar!

5-9 p.m.

Open Night

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

6-8 p.m.

LGBT Meeting Professionals Reception
Shinola Hotel, Birdie Room. RSVP Here.

Wednesday,  Aug. 10

7:45-8:45 a.m.

CMP Breakfast
Sponsored by Community Brands

7:45-8:45 a.m.

Hosted Breakfasts (Invite Only)

9-11 a.m.

Marketplace Appointments
Sponsored by Traveling Teams

Huntington Place; Level 2; Exhibit Hall B-D

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

Trade Show Hours
Huntington Place; Level 2; Exhibit Hall B-D

11:15-11:45 a.m.

Education Session, Presented by BizBash
Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater

Shut Up & Learn: 15 Years of Entrepreneurship Lessons with Austin Johnston

Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch in Trade Show

12:10-12:45 p.m.

Education, Presented by BizBash
Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater

Meet the Masters: BizBash’s Event Masters Live

1-1:45 p.m.

Education, Presented by BizBash
Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater

Fearless Females: How These SheEOs and Lauded Leaders Achieved Success

2-2:35 p.m.

Education, Presented by BizBash
Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater

Future Proofing Your Events: What the legalization of THC means for event producers

2:40-3:15 p.m.

Education, Presented by BizBash
Visit Sacramento Speaker Showcase Theater

Destination Decentraland: Metaverse Events 101

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments
Sponsored by Traveling Teams

4:30-6 p.m.

Closing Ceremonies
Sponsored by Meet Minneapolis, Hubilo, Visit Milwaukee, Meet Chicago Northwest and Visit Tampa Bay
Grand River Ballroom

Click here for a downloadable version of the agenda.

Women in Sports Tourism Agenda

Women in Sports Tourism Summit occurs in Meeting Rooms 141 and 140C of Huntington Place.

Monday,  Aug. 8

9:15-10 a.m.

Keynote with Erika Swilley, Vice President, Community & Social Responsibility, Detroit Pistons

10:15-11 a.m.

Inspiring Creative Collaboration

Strengthen teamwork and embrace healthy collaboration through this game-based experience, focused on the power of celebration. When teams encourage innovation, laughter, and inspiration, success follows. Led by Elise Rodriguez of Game On Nation, participants will experience the value of building authentic connections and relying on shared experiences to help create a community that demonstrates the power of “I’ve got your back.”

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Round Tables

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Lunch

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

Detroit
Pure Michigan
Visit Milwaukee
Sacramento
Visit Tampa Bay
Hubilo
Meet Minneapolis
Discover Puerto Rico
Experience Grand Rapids
Wichita
Kalahari
Great Wolf
PEORIA
Branson
Reno Tahoe
Traveling Teams
experience scottsdale
Groups 360
Arkansas TOurism
Visit Orlando
Visit Lex
Community Brands
TOPGOLF
MGM Resorts
Stetson
GReater Ontatio
Knoxviille
Team ISSSI
Visit San Antonio
Visit the Woodlands
Richmond
Meetings Made Easy
Elevated Meetings Solutions
Athletx
Varsity Brands
HPN Global
Visit Myrtle Beach
Toledo
Traverse City Tourism
Chattanooga
Little Rock
Charge Fuze
Allied
Graduate Hotels
Naperville
Cincy Region
Visit Mobile
Experience Sioux Falls
Greater Boston CVB
Shores and Islands ohio
ASM Global
Visit Plano
Galveston
Greensboro NC CVB
St. Charles
PC Nametag
New York State Hospitality & Tourism
Oro
Panama City Beach
Display Group
Frisco
Explore St. Louis
Oro
Experience Pr Georges
Irving
Chicago NW
Event Pipe
Allegiant Stadium
Team Travel Source
El Paso
Champaign County
St. Charles Business Alliance
Visit Fort Worth
Visit Dallas
Clarity Experiences
Wisconsin
PMSI
Myrtle Beach convention center
cedar rapids
Topper Worldwide Transportation
Visit Savannah
Visit South Walton
Choose Chicago
Implecho
Pheedloop
Essential Bodywear
JabberYak
Bravura Technologies
Visit College Station
Oklahoma City
Sketch and Etch
Louisiana Travel
Boise CVB
Connect Space
Columbia
Avanti
UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center
TCS Hockey
AAU
Quad Cities
BWH Hotel Group
Visit Loudoun
Amusement Masters
Walnut Creek
Discover Newport
Daytona Beach
Williamsburg
Hyatt
Lake Lanier CVB
innoVia Productions
Pixperience
Glisser
Crowne Plaza
IHG
Charlotte
Zagreb
Pinnacle
Travel Portland
Riverside CVB
Simpleview
Sodexo
Interactive Entertainment Group
BrandIt Agency
Visit albuquerque
Cort Events
Amory Magician
Live Event Print
LGBT Meeting Professionals Association
Detroit Marriott Troy
Cloudtouch
Sonesta
Bandwago
Expedia Group Media Solutions
Threshold 360
Visit Mississippi
Vidionix
vFairs
Discover DuPage
NYC&Co
snackmagic
6CONNEX

Official Airline Partner

Delta

SPEAKERS

Cathy Song Novelli

Cathy Song Novelli, CMO, Hubilo

Ronnie Yoked Head of Experiential, Anheuser-Busch

Ronnie Yoked, Head of Experiential, Anheuser-Busch

Heather Reid

Heather Reid, Founder and CEO, Planner Protect

Valerie Bihet

Valerie Bihet, Director, Vibe Agency

Scott Frankel

Scott Frankel, President, Animatic Media

Jennifer Savica Vice President and Head of Corporate Events, New York Life Insurance Company

Jennifer Savica, Vice President and Head of Corporate Events, New York Life Insurance Company

Jes Gordon

Jes Gordon, Owner/Creative Director, JesGORDON

Robyn Fink

Robyn Fink, Director of PR & Partnerships, CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.

Lauren Harwell

Lauren Harwell, General Manager, Las Vegas, Imprint Events Group

Melva LaJoy

Melva LaJoy, Founder, LaJoy Plans

jitter garcia

Jitter Garcia, Senior Director, Event Marketing, Univision

TJ Stouder

TJ Stouder, CEO, Holistik Wellness

Barry Ross Rinehart

Barry Ross Rinehart

Taylor McGurk

Taylor McGurk, Executive Sales Director, Bandwango

Austin Johnston

Austin Johnston, CEO & Founder, AKJOHNSTON

Katherine Frost

Katherine Frost, CEO & Founder, ORO

Elise McRoberts

Elise McRoberts, Founder, The Hashinista

Vanessa Oliver, CEO, Infin8ly Elevated Events

Vanessa Oliver, CEO, Infin8ly Elevated Events

Alexis Dean

Alexis Dean, Founder & CEO, Dovetail and Dovetail Summit

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