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WHERE BUSINESS GETS DONE

Connect Sports Spring Marketplace will feature the best sports event planners in the country descending on Las Vegasfor 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.

Additionally, the LGBTQ+ Sports Summit and Women in Sports Tourism Summit will offer content and networking specifically curated just for those audiences.

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

The Venetian Resort, one of the most iconic properties on the Las Vegas Strip, boasts three all-suite hotel towers, luxurious dining, two casino floors, entertainment, nightlife, and retail offerings, in addition to more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting space. The unique combination of hospitality, entertainment and meeting space creates one of the most dynamic footprints on the Las Vegas Strip.

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.

AGENDA

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration at hotel lobby

6-9 p.m.

Opening Reception

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

9-10:30 A.M.

Marketplace Appointments

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

Education Presented by BizBash

12:15-1 P.M.

Education Presented by BizBash

12:15-1:30 P.M.

Lunch

1:30-2:30

Marketplace Appointments

2:45-5 P.M.

Off-Site Activities

6-9 P.M.

Open Night

Thursday,  April 13, 2023

9-11 A.M.

Competitive Networking

11 A.M.-2 P.M.

Education Presented by BizBash

12:15-1 P.M.

Education Presented by BizBash

Noon-1:30 P.M.

Lunch

1:15-3:30 p.m.

Marketplace Appointments

2021 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

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 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