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Connect Business Travel brings together Corporate Travel Executives with key suppliers for one-on-one appointments conducted in a reverse-style tradeshow format. What does that mean? It means that you get right down to business, no wasted time walking around a trade show floor or meeting with people that don’t fit your needs. This coupled with top notch relevant education makes it a can’t miss event. Sign up today to make serious business connections, learn best practices and catch up on the latest technology in sunny Florida


Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center The 4-star Gaylord Palms offers live nightly entertainment, a waterslide and separate children’s and adults swimming pools. The hotel also features a sand beach play area, waterfalls and on-site boutique shops. Elegant gardens and a full-service spa are available and the spacious rooms provide views of the city or atriums.


(2020 Tentative Agenda)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


3:00 pm – 3:30 pm


4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Happy Hour Marketplace Appointments

6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Opening Event 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Breakfast & Program – (TBD)

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Marketplace Appointments

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch & Program – (TBD)

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Education Session – (TBD)

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Networking Break

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

(TBD) (2019 – Harlem Globe Trotters & Keynote Session: George W. Bush)

Friday, February 21, 2019

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Breakfast & Program – (TBD)

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Marketplace Appointments


Optional Afternoon: Seaworld, Golf & Spa


Optional Closing Evening: Seaworld

2019 Education (2020 Info Coming Soon)

From Frustrated to Focused in the Travel Buying World – Presented by Debbie Peterson Do you feel like you are achieving meaningful results in your career? Are you where you want to be? You’ll get clarity on what to stop or start to so that you focus on the right opportunities for the right reasons and get MORE productivity, momentum, and results as a careerist or business owner in the meetings industry. You’ll leave with a plan to get maximum results every day!  
How to Lead a Rock Star Team – Presented by Dean Savoca At least 65% of your time is spent dealing with people issues with staff, vendors, partners or clients. A coaching approach to leadership, which leads to more cohesiveness, innovation, creativity & problem solving can save some of that 65%. People who clearly understand expectations — and know they’re accountable — enjoy more job satisfaction, work harder, and produce better results.

Lead Like A Rock Star | Sample Questions

Slaying the Demanding Dragons – Presented by Mimi Brown As a business travel expert, you work with many types of people. Some can be wonderful to work with, making your job that much more enjoyable. On the flip side, there are demanding ones…the ones who make you cringe when their name displays on the caller ID, as you prep to listen to their odd requests or extreme deadlines. Discover the secrets on how to deal with demanding people and maintain your sanity.
A Better Way to Great: A Travel Buyer’s Journey – Presented by Dean Savoca In the frenetic pace of today’s world, type A’s thrive. But if you’re frantic, distracted and overwhelmed vs. being grounded, focused and fulfilled, you may have reached a tipping point that can be counterproductive. You may have an outcome addiction – the “doing more gets you more” mindset, which can blind you to your own intuition and insight and inhibit your productivity.


With Connect’s signature reverse-style trade show you can focus on the deal and not the navigation of a convention hall. No booth set up is necessary. We do all the work for you.


As suppliers of Business Travel you will meet with travel execs for prescheduled one-on-one appointments. No booth set up is necessary. We do all the work for you. Please use this link to book your hotel.