Know Before You Go: Our Preview of Connect 2024 Spring Marketplace in Las Vegas

March 19, 2024

Are you attending Connect 2024 Spring Marketplace in Las Vegas? Considering it? 

Connect Spring Marketplace is scheduled for April 2-4 at The Venetian, Las Vegas. Designed for event professionals, Connect Spring Marketplace is expected to draw more than 2,000 leaders who produce association, citywide, corporate, sports, eTourism and diversity events.

We’ve got the scoop on what you need to know before you take off for this popular desert destination for trade shows.

Speed date with suppliers. Engage in personalized 1:1 sessions with representatives from top destinations, hotels and vendors who are tailored to meet the specific needs – whether you produce a citywide event or a religious conference. Explore partnerships and solutions that align with your objectives.

Insightful conversations. Join your peers for coffee and conversations with industry luminaries, including Kara Dickerson, the former VP of strategic partnerships + conferences at CES (for citywide track only), and Michael Dominguez, president and CEO of ALHI. Gain valuable insights and perspectives from these distinguished professionals.

Exclusive networking events. Citywide hosted buyers are invited to exclusive networking events with fellow citywide planners. These gatherings will take place at captivating offsite venues such as Allegiant Stadium and TAO, providing the perfect backdrop for fostering meaningful connections and collaborations.

Be our guest. Attendees will have the exclusive opportunity for a 1:1 interview with Danica Tormohlen for the Trade Show News Network podcast. This presents an exciting chance to share your insights and experiences with a wider audience.

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Connect attendees will have the opportunity to check out Ole Red, which opened in January on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Gone country. Lace up your cowboy boots and find your hat for a downhome reception at Ole Red, a new restaurant, bar, and music venue located at the corner of Flamingo and Las Vegas Boulevard. This 4-story, 686-seat, 27,000-square-foot venue is ready to get rowdy for the networking reception from 8-10 p.m. on Tues., April 2. Pack an outfit to wear if you want to be on-theme … or not.

Education. Receive up to five CMP credits by attending a variety of sessions, including The Power of Value-Based AV Spend in Event Budgets, International Travel Trends and The Power of Event Tech to Enhance Customer Experience – to name a few. The full agenda is available here

Wellness. Grab your walking/running shoes and rise and shine bright with an early morning 5K run/walk and networking opportunity on Wed., April 3. The Venetian also offers a 24-hour fitness center onsite. Enjoy a refreshing swim in one of the heated pools at The Venetian or The Palazzo pool decks, which are both open year-round. The recently renovated Vegas oasis includes four large pools spread across two acres. 

What’s new at the Venetian. Upon arrival, attendees will notice the billion-dollar reinvestment strategy that began in 2022. Guests are now welcomed to Sala 118, an exquisite bar and lounge that embraces the spirit of Italy, a Starbucks and an expanded concierge and luggage desk — all of which debuted in December 2023. In the last year, the hotel has opened a new 15,000-square-foot lounge on The Palazzo Casino Floor, Juliet Cocktail Room, with cocktails and live entertainment, and HaSalon, a high-end Mediterranean restaurant by Chef Eyal Shani.

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The Juliet Cocktail Room at the Venetian, which opened in August 2023.

Get out and about. Event organizers who have not been to Las Vegas in the last year will not notice several new venues worth checking out for their own future events. For example, the Sphere, a 2.3 billion arena that opened on Sept. 29 with a 40-show tour by U2, is connected to the Venetian. There are no concerts at the venue during Connect, but the movie, Postcards from the Earth, is showing three times a day.  

Related: Destination Spotlight: What’s New & Trending in Las Vegas For Events in Q1 2024

Interested in attending but not registered? Register here by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 22.


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