Aug. 26-28, 2019 • Louisville, Kentucky • Kentucky International Convention Center



The premier hosted-buyer show

for meetings and events.

Connect brings together the most active planners, suppliers
and experts across six meetings and events industry markets:
Corporate, Association, Specialty, Expo, Tour and Sports. Attendees
gain crucial experience to advance their careers and business through
professional development and meetings excellence
all while
having fun in Louisville, Kentucky.

Why Connect? In three words:

Because we care!

Connect cares about your success and we know that your time is extremely valuable. That's why we go above and beyond to make sure that every minute of our event is worth your time and propels you forward.

Benefits of Connect include:


25+ Education

CMP Classes and
On-Site Certification

Leadership Forum

KC | OP Professional
Headshot Suite

More than 25 unique education sessions on the latest industry trends and hot topics that will propel you to the next level in your career—be that a promotion, a salary increase or simply improving yourself outside of work.

Read session descriptions here.

Keep your career moving forward with continuing education that counts toward CEU credits. Classes and on-site testing will take place at Connect. Leave Louisville CMP certified—how's that for next-level education?

*Preregistration and qualification required.


IAEE's CEM: Strategic Planning and Project Management

This module is helpful to both planners and suppliers, whether they are pursuing CEM designation or not. In order for organizations that plan, manage or own exhibitions and events to remain competitive, they must continually define and review their strategies to ensure success.


Women's Leadership Forum, produced by IAEE, provides the knowledge, strategies, motivation and inspiration needed to help participants take the next step in their careers. Attendees can expect active discussions on communicating with different personalities, taking on new challenges, enhancing decision-making skills and balancing work and personal life.


Agenda and Speaker Details


Produced by IAEE

Sponsored by Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB


How many times have you been asked to submit your headshot—but it's outdated or you don't have one? No more! Stop by the
KC | OP Professional Headshot Suite, brought to you by Visit Overland Park, to get your photo taken. Hair and makeup artists will be on-site for touch-ups, and our photographer will have you looking your best in just minutes.


Sponsored by Visit Overland Park











During Marketplace, hosted buyers and suppliers meet in prescheduled appointments to exchange RFPs, arrange future site visits and book events. It's the most effective way to do business and develop new relationships that will benefit you.

Connect's reverse-style trade shows provide exposure and face-to-face opportunities that are crucial to develop business. Our reverse trade show format allows you to get down to business—saving time and money—moving your meetings and events forward faster than ever before.


Connect has partnered with DAHLIA+ to bring more than 25 experiential event technology exhibitors to showcase their products for you to see, touch and feel how they can take your event to the next level. This is the perfect way to try something new and step up your experiential game.


Keppler Speakers will leave a lasting impression on your next event through its inspiring and engaging roster of keynote speakers. See them for yourself and get an idea of what they can do for your next meeting or event.

Read speaker descriptions here.


Sponsored by Visit Oakland

Top destinations will be on-site to meet you in person and give you a warm welcome into what meetings and events look like for each unique location.


Here are a few to keep an eye out for:

Branson CVB | VisitDallas | Greater Birmingham | Greater Fort Lauderdale | Visit Frisco | Visit Houston | Kalahari Resorts | Memphis Area Tourism | MGM Resorts | Visit Myrtle Beach | New Orleans & Company | Visit Oakland | Oklahoma City CVB | Peoria Area CVB | Experience Scottsdale | Sports Force Parks | Springfield Missouri CVB | Visit St. Pete Clearwater | Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge | + MORE


Visit Frisco Wellness Lounge

Health and wellness is a must for every meeting and event. Attendees need to be refreshed and alert in order to be productive and focused. The Wellness Lounge will do just that and spark a few ideas to incorporate into your next event.


Sponsored by Michigan

Opening Party
Hosted by Louisville

Happy Hour

Swing Suite

Fort Woof
Puppy Lounge

Visit Frisco
Wellness Lounge

Win a New Car!


Visit Lubbock
Golf Tournament

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 • 11:30 a.m.

Hidden Creek Golf Club



Visit Myrtle Beach
Basketball Tournament

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 • 1-5 p.m.

KFC Yum! Center



Check Out the Floor Plan

See a detailed view of the trade show map for Connect 2019

Sponsored by Map Your Show


View Map


Or read exhibitor lists and additional details here.

Who Attends?

Hosted Buyers Across
Six Industry Markets

Association Meeting and Event Planners

Corporate Meeting and Event Planners

Specialty or MICE Meeting and Event Planners

Expo and Trade Show Organizers

Sports Event Organizers and Rights Holders

Tour Operators and Domestic Travel Experts

Suppliers and
Industry Experts

Domestic and International Destinations

Convention and Visitor Bureaus

Exhibition Centers

Premier Hotel Companies

Resorts and Luxury Properties

Event Management Companies

Technology and Service Providers

Connect Is Proud to Support

Thanks to Our 2019 Sponsors

Host Sponsor

Alliance Partner