I am a venue professional with purchases on the horizon.
  I am an exhibitor looking to reach pre-qualified customers.
Are you a venue professional seeking to make purchases for your venue soon?  Join us for DirectConnect at VC18!  DirectConnect hosted buyer program allows venue managers in operational/purchasing positions to attend the annual conference free while accomplishing their buying objectives for the coming year. Professionals who qualify for DirectConnect will receive a complimentary full conference registration and two nights hotel accommodations at one of our host hotels in exchange for ten (10) brief appointments with companies who match your buying needs.    The DirectConnect Hosted Buyer Program brings almost one $1 billion dollars in confirmed, upcoming spend to the VenueConnect Annual Conference & Trade Show. When you participate as a host, you build a customized schedule of ten (10) one-on-one appointments with pre-qualified buyers and decision makers that match your business.
Once you apply and qualify, you will receive:
  • Ten (10) brief meetings with companies that match your upcoming projects
  • Exclusive networking with fellow DirectConnect participants
  • One (1) complimentary registration to VenueConnect Annual Conference & Trade Show
  • Full attendee access to the education and networking events at VenueConnect
  • Two (2) complimentary hotel nights in the VenueConnect conference hotel block
  As a host, you receive:
  • Ten (10) customized meetings with buyers that match your business
  • Exclusive networking with all DirectConnect participants, including buyers that you do not schedule a meeting with
  • The opportunity to privately network with buyers before the VenueConnect Trade Show.  For more detailed information click here.

  Sign up as a host
DirectConnect Hours
Sunday, July 21 from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Exhibiting Allied Members: $3,000
Non-Exhibiting Allied Members: $7,500

Full terms and conditions for professionals and hosted buyers


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