JASON SUDEIKIS IS COMING TO CONNECT

Jason Sudeikis, the Emmy award-winning actor, comedian, producer and creator of the hit show, “Ted Lasso,” will be the celebrity guest speaker at Connect Marketplace. He will engage in a lively Q&A with Connect President Chris Collinson on Aug. 10 during the event’s closing ceremony. Read more here.

Jason Sudeikis

Where Business Gets Done

Connect Sports brings together the most active right holders, planners, suppliers and experts across the sports tourism industry. Make valuable connections and generate important future business leads to ensure tournaments, competitions and other events create a lasting experience for athletes and spectators. This is the industry’s largest sports tourism event.

Huntington Place

When you meet in Detroit, you get to meet Detroit. You get to connect with our people, be immersed in our proud, one-of-a-kind culture and experience our commitment to sustainability. We’re proud to be the country’s largest Black-majority city, with 50,000 Black businesses. We’re also proud of our thriving Arab American and Latino communities. We love to share who we are and what we’re doing. By supporting our local businesses, you help grow our communities and get to meet — and support —the people who live and work here. So, you leave Detroit a better person and you leave Detroit a better place. TCF Center is the 17th largest convention center in the United States. Built by the City of Detroit, it was originally opened in 1960 and named Cobo Hall in honor of former Detroit Mayor Albert E. Cobo (1950-1957). In 2009 the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) was established by the state of Michigan and leased the facility from the City of Detroit to own and operate it for 33 years.

PLANNERS

Planners interested in qualifying for and attending this event should click below.

SUPPLIERS

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

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Traveling TeamsAGENDA OVERVIEW

Monday, Aug 8, 2022

3-5 p.m.

Regiception EXHIBIT HALL

3-5 p.m.
Trade Show Opens EXHIBIT HALL
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)

9-10:45 a.m.

Marketplace Appointments

10:45-3 p.m.

Trade Show Hours EXHIBIT HALL

11 a.m.- Noon

Education Sessions

Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch in Trade Show

1-2 p.m.

Education Sessions

2-3 p.m.

Planner Reception INTERNATIONAL ROAD
2:30-3 p.m.

Speaker Showcase SPEAKER SHOWCASE THEATER

3:30-5:30 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments

6-9 p.m.

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

Wednesday,  Aug. 10

7:45-8:45 a.m.

CMP Breakfast

9-10:45 a.m.

Marketplace Appointments

10:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Trade Show Hours
11-11:45 a.m.

Speaker Showcase SPEAKER SHOWCASE THEATER

11 a.m. – Noon

Education Sessions

Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch in Trade Show

1-2 p.m.

Education Sessions

2:45-3:15 p.m.

Speaker Showcase SPEAKER SHOWCASE THEATER

3:15-4:30 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments

5:15-6:15 p.m.

Q&A With Celebrity Guess Speaker Jason Sudeikis

SPEAKERS COMING SOON!

PLANNERS

Planners interested in qualifying for or attending this event should click below

SUPPLIERS

To register for Connect Sports, 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 DC + Med | Tech
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. 13-14, 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 + Southeast
Oct. 3-5, Little Rock, Arkansas

Faith

  • Must plan faith-based meetings & events
  • Must generate 50+ rooms on peak
  • Must have the ability to rotate nationally

Southeast

  • Must be physically located in the Southeastern
    states
  • 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