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Connect Travel Marketplace Is Moving to Kissimmee, Florida, in 2019

April 6, 2018 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Connect Travel is pleased to announce that Connect Travel Marketplace 2019 will be held February 20-22, 2019, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee Florida. Connect Travel Marketplace brings decision-makers from top international travel buyers together with North American travel industry suppliers in the company’s signature reverse-style trade show format.

Connect Travel Marketplace combines a robust educational program with efficient, effective and prescheduled, one-on-one appointments that enable buyers and sellers to expedite the sales process and close business.

The inaugural Connect Travel Marketplace, held in Orlando, facilitated 11,773 individual meetings among destination marketing organizations, hotels, resorts, attractions and tour operators from 20 countries.

“Connect Travel Marketplace works because we host the right people from the largest international tour operators, at the right time of the year for them to build their North American product offering, and in a format that is tailor-made for business development,” said Connect Travel Marketplace General Manager Shari Bailey. “Based on the feedback that we have received from buyers and suppliers alike, we anticipate that the show will grow significantly in 2019.”

“International visitation to our region is vital, and the inaugural Connect Travel Marketplace was extremely productive for Experience Kissimmee and for our partners,” said DT Minich, president and CEO with Experience Kissimmee. “We are very excited to host Connect Travel Marketplace 2019, and to showcase Kissimmee to over 200 international tour operators from around the world.”

To take advantage of guaranteed appointments with top decision-makers, inspirational and informative educational sessions and fun networking opportunities, please contact Shari Bailey, general manager, at, Mamai Karneh, sales manager at Connect, at or register at

What 2018 Connect Travel Marketplace attendees are saying:

“Thank you for an excellent show, perfect time of year and well put together. Looking forward to attending next year.”—Julian Stockdale, head of USA Contracting, Thomas Cook UK & Ireland.

“It was such a wonderful and successful event. The education was quite remarkable. The Marketplace appointments gave us the best opportunity to meet U.S. tourism service providers, and particularly on the destination and attractions less frequented by Chinese. Thank you for organizing this very successful event and being a great host. Truly appreciate you and your team’s hard work to make our trip the very best. Look forward to Connect 2019.”—Vollin Fan, Shanghai New Comfort International Travel Co., LTD

“Connect was a great show! Full appointment scheduled and the Connect staff was very helpful with any questions.”—Mick McCollum, Machine Gun America

“Connect Travel Marketplace is a wonderful opportunity to get face-to-face time with qualified international tour operators and FIT contacts. I was able to secure NEW business for my property that is looking to grow our FIT market. This is a great show that is very well organized and really gives you a bang for your buck. Thank you for all the effort that was put into this event… definitely well worth it.”—Victoria Chavez, Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown

“Great job on getting a new set of Chinese buyers out the Southeast region!”—Anne Chen, Explore Gwinnett

“A worthwhile and very well organized event. As a supplier, I appreciated the amount of meetings we had with receptive tour operators and others.”—Christopher Follenus, Balmoral Resort Florida

“Connect Marketplace is the place to be for your international FIT market!!!! Awesome quality appointments. It’s a quick couple of days but one of the most productive trade shows!!! Thanks, Connect team for creating this opportunity. Can’t wait for the next.”—Jennifer Costa, Go Elizabeth

“The idea of the international buyers being seated, easy to locate and follow up with was fantastic.”–Jerry Schwartz, Receptive Tours Group

“It was a great first show and having 51 appointments, while a bit overwhelming, was perfect for a first show. Great speakers and the food was wonderful! I’ll be back next year!”—Beth Gendler, Gulf Shores Tourism

“As a new and smaller destination, this show was a great way to get in front of an international audience. Many seemed interested in our destination, which is exciting!”—Lori Konkler, Visit Eau Claire

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