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:
CMP Classes and
KC | OP Professional
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.
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.
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How many times have you been asked to submit your headshot—but it's outdated or you don't have one?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.
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.
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
Domestic and International Destinations
Convention and Visitor Bureaus
Premier Hotel Companies
Resorts and Luxury Properties
Event Management Companies
Technology and Service Providers
Regiception Sponsored by Michigan
From the moment you walk in, we are here to make your experience at Connect enjoyable, engaging and comfortable. It starts at Regiception—our take on registration, but more fun. Check in, grab a drink and mix and mingle with fellow attendees.
Louisville will host an opening party to remember at Churchill Downs' famous Millionaires Row with plenty of bourbon to go around, live music and Kentucky flavor that will make you want to come back for more. The theme is PINK in honor of our partnership with Breast Cancer Research Foundation, so wear your favorite pink hat, bow tie, dress socks or ribbon to show your support.
Sometimes the best meetings happen outside the meeting. That's why we have several happy hour breaks built in. It's a great way to relax and break the ice with new connections.
Topgolf Swing Suite
Work on your form, get tips from the pros, network with peers and see how much fun Topgolf can bring to your next event.
Fort Woof Puppy Lounge
Fort Worth, Texas, is bringing puppy love to Connect in partnership with the Kentucky Humane Society. These four-legged friends will bring some fun and happiness to your day and maybe even steal your heart. Adoption services will be on-site to make your puppy dreams come true, with Visit Fort Worth dog bandanas and treats.
Win a New Car!
The Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau will be giving away a one-year lease on a brand-new car. Stop by, enter your name to win and get ready to drive away on a brand-new set of wheels.
Enjoy NOLA-themed cocktails, light bites and live music as you connect one last time with old friends, new friends and future business partners as we close out Connect 2019 and look forward to Connect 2020 in New Orleans.
Sponsored by Michigan
Hosted by Louisville
Win a New Car!
Hosted by New Orleans
Thanks to Our 2019 Sponsors