WHERE BUSINESS GETS DONE

Connect Sports Spring Marketplace will feature 200 of the best sports event planners in the country descending on Puerto Rico for business development, networking and to have fun! In addition to the reverse-style 1-on-1 appointments Connect is famous for, we will have a bustling trade show, impressive education and off-site activities. We are proud to offer specifical LGBTQ+-specific programming as Conneect re-affirms its committment to organizations dedicated to diversity and inclusion efforts

Health and Wellness Announcements

COVID Update:

Due to a rise in cases, the Puerto Rico health and safety protocol has been updated. In order to participate without a mask during indoor functions of the show, attendees must either:

  • Show proof that they have been vaccinated.
  • Show proof of a negative test within 72 hours of Connect Spring Marketplace
  • Take a rapid test on-site at the show. Anyone who tests positive may not participate in the event.

Please bring one of these items to be able to go mask-free during the conference. You’ll present these items at registration at your hotel or at Sunday’s opening reception and will be given a wristband.

Should you prefer to wear a mask indoors, you may forgo these steps.

We will continue to follow any updates from the CDC and Puerto Rico government and abide by local regulations for the May 22-24 event. Click here for up-to-date information from Discover Puerto Rico.

Accessibility:

Need some help getting around the conference? Medway PR provides scooter rentals in Puerto Rico for $75 per day ($95 per day for up to 400 lbs.). Fee includes tax, delivery and pick up. To inquire about the offering, email here or call 787-668-9792.

Shuttle Service Information

Discover Puerto Rico will offer transportation from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to host hotels prior to the show, as well as transfers back to the airport on May 25. Here are some important details:

May 21: All day transfers

May 22: All day transfers

May 25: 4:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (on the hour)

Attendees should plan to depart for the airport three hours prior to their flight departure time. Those outside of the shuttle schedule will be notified via email about their transportation pick-up time and should plan to also be at the airport three hours prior to their flight departure time. This is operational standard from the airlines.

Contact information for arrivals/departures

Carlos Martinez, 787-565-1886 (Supervisor)
Melissa López, 787-646-8778 (Account Executive)

Contact Information for travel updates

Denisse Pacheco, Ops Manager, [email protected]
Jessica Rodriguez, Ops Supervisor, [email protected]

San Juan, Puerto Rico

What was once the crown jewel of the Spanish Empire is now the Island’s historic and cultural center, as well as the most popular launching point for Puerto Rico vacations. Founded in 1521, San Juan is the second oldest European-founded city in the Americas but is home to much more than just history. Only 15 minutes from SJU airport, San Juan blends elements of the Old World (cobblestone streets and colonial architecture) with all the amenities of modern urban life (craft cocktails, contemporary dining, amazing shopping, and vibrant nightlife). Immerse yourself in the culture and explore the wealth of art, food, adventure, and beauty that is waiting to be discovered.

More Resources:

Puerto Rico Sports Events Guide

Recommended restaurants

Travel map

Planners

Planners who would like to qualify for and attend this event should click below.

SUPPLIERS

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

OUR SPONSORS

Valley Forge
Traveling Teams
Discover Puerto Rico
Stetson
Allied
PMSI
Groups 360
Visit San Antonio
Chattanooga
Sodexo
Jacksonville
TOPGOLF
Detroit
Experience Grand Rapids
Branson
Wichita
Team ISSSI
Newport RI (Updated 2022)
Visit The Woodlands
Coastal Mississippi
Travel Desk INC
Florida sports coast
Hubilo
Meet Minneapolis
Varsity Brands
Athletx
Meetings Made Easy
Elevated Meetings Solutions
Utah Valley CVB
Visit Myrtle Beach
HPN Global
Pure Michigan

Traveling TeamsAGENDA OVERVIEW

Sunday, May 22, 2022

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration at hotel lobby

6-9 p.m.

Opening Reception at El Distrito T-Mobile
Hosted by Discover Puerto Rico

Monday, May 23

9-10:30 A.M.

Marketplace Appointments
Sponsored by Experience Florida’s Sports Coast

11 A.M.-1:30 P.M.

Trade Show Hours
CONVENTION CENTER

11:15 A.M.-12 P.M.

Education Presented by BizBash
Sponsored by Coastal Mississippi

12:15-1 P.M.

Education Presented by BizBash
Sponsored by Coastal Mississippi

12:15-1:30 P.M.

Lunch in Trade Show
Sponsored by Utah Valley CVB

NOON-1:30 P.M.

Lunch and Learn at Convention Center*
LGBTQ Summit

1:30-2:30

Marketplace Appointments
Sponsored by Experience Florida’s Sports Coast

2:30 P.M.

Buses Leave to Go Back to Hilton Caribe

2:45-5 P.M.

Beach Activities at Hilton Caribe & Happy Hour
Sponsored by Visit Valley Forge

6-9 P.M.

Fiestas de la Calle sponsored by Discover Puerto Rico

Discover Puerto Rico welcomes you to enjoy your open night at Paseo La Princesa, Old San Juan for Fiesta de San Juan. Experience Puerto Rico’s vibrant culture, a culmination of more than 500 years of rich history and a diverse blend of Taino, African and Spanish traditions, like a local. Enjoy authentic cuisine, lively music, interactive activities, local artisans and much more.

Tuesday,  May 24

9-11 A.M.

Competitive Networking

11 A.M..

Transfer to Convention Center

11 A.M.-2 P.M.

Trade Show Hours
CONVENTION CENTER

11 A.M.-2 P.M.

Education Presented by BizBash
Sponsored by Coastal Mississippi

12:15-1 P.M.

Education Presented by BizBash
Sponsored by Coastal Mississippi

11:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.

Lunch and Learn
CONVENTION CENTER

Noon-1:30 P.M.

Lunch in Trade Show

1:15-1:45 P.M.

Education Presented by BizBash
Sponsored by Coastal Mississippi

3-4:30 P.M.

Marketplace Appointments
Sponsored by Experience Florida’s Sports Coast

5:45 P.M.

Buses Depart for Vivo Beach Club

6:30-9 P.M.

Hubilo’s Noche Blanca at Vivo Beach Club

SPEAKERS COMING SOON!

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

“We come back to this event for it’s reliability in connecting us with CVBs and Sports Commissions around the country.”

Amanda Newman

Vice President of Operations, U90C Sports

“Meeting face-to-face adds personalization to build a relationship and rapport with the other person.”

Laurie Lampkin

World Tournament Coordinator, National Horseshoe Pitchers Association

“Connect allows for a professional setting to meet and develop long-term relationships between destinations and rights holders.”

All American Bowl

Planners

Planners interested in qualifying to attend this event should click on the button below.

Suppliers

To register for Connect Spring Sports 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 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