SAVE THE DATE! Connect 2020 Will Take Place in New Orleans on Aug. 17-19.

Information for Suppliers

As a supplier with numerous conferences to choose from, we know your time is valuable and we are dedicated to making every minute of Connect worth it.

Suppliers who attend Connect can expect:

  • Face–to-face meetings with qualified planners
  • Only planners who can book business qualify
  • 1:1 planner-to-supplier ratio
  • Full contact information for all meeting planners
  • Training with industry experts
  • Numerous networking opportunities to do business
  • ROI that is evident before you leave the conference

Frequently Asked Supplier Questions

What is a reverse tradeshow?
Our innovative Marketplace system matches planners and suppliers for individual appointments based on their requests, as well as additional factors. Planners sit at designated tables and suppliers have 1-2 minutes to travel between appointments. A chime signifies the beginning and end of each appointment.

How does the appointment process work?
Planners and suppliers will receive an email stating that the appointment request process is open. Mutual requests get priority, then planner requests are granted, followed by supplier requests. It is not a first-come, first-served process. As long as you complete your requests by the designated end date, your appointment selections will be granted the appropriate priority.

  • Connect will provide you with a custom link, ID and password.
  • You can review your profile and contact us if you would like to make changes.
  • Click on the “Browse Directory” to see who is attending and use the sorting options to narrow down the list.
  • Click on “Make Appointment Request” to select destinations you are interested in meeting for your one-on-one appointments.

A few helpful hints: First, review whom you’d like to meet. When requesting appointments, you can arrange them in order of preferences using a tab on the right. If someone has requested you and you’re interested in meeting with them, request them back to increase the likelihood of receiving that appointment on your schedule. The Connect portal can be used with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers. Both are available to download for free. If you are still having difficulty processing your appointment requests after downloading Firefox or Chrome, contact us.

How much is registration?

Registration starts at $4,450. Non-appointment registration is $2,000. Talk to your regional sales rep for more information.

How do I book my hotel room?
Attendees should book rooms at one of the following host hotels*.

Booking tip: If your preferred hotel displays as unavailable,
try adjusting the date range and resubmitting your search.

  • Brown (available Aug. 25-29)
  • Galt House (available Aug. 25-29)
  • Omni (available Aug. 24-27)
  • Seelbach
  • Embassy Suites (SOLD OUT)
  • Hyatt (SOLD OUT)
  • Marriott (SOLD OUT)

Suppliers can book rooms using the following link:

Reservation Portal

Note: Suppliers who book outside the event room block
will incur a non-host hotel fee of $350.

*Subject to change

Additional Hotel Information

Reservations are placed on a first come, first served basis. Hotels are paired with  planner segments as a guideline, not a requirement.


Hotels + Tracks:

  • Association: Omni (main hotel) / Galt House (overflow hotel)
  • Expo: Embassy Suites (SOLD OUT)
  • Specialty: Seelbach (main hotel) / Galt House (overflow hotel)
  • Sports: Hyatt (SOLD OUT)
  • Tour: Galt House
  • Overflow for Suppliers: Springhill Suites / Fairfield Inn
  • Corporate: Marriott (SOLD OUT)


 Hotel Cutoff Dates:

  • Omni: July 26th
  • Marriott: SOLD OUT
  • Galt House: Aug. 4th
  • Embassy Suites: SOLD OUT
  • Seelbach: Aug. 4
  • Hyatt: SOLD OUT
  • Brown: Aug. 5


By Phone: 800-743-3100 (Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. EDT.)


Cancellation Policy: Reservations canceled within 72 hours of reserved arrival date will be charged one night's room and tax to the card on the reservation.


If you have any further questions regarding the reservation process, please feel free to reach out to Connect or the Louisville Tourism Housing Department at 800-743-3100 or email

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