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“I actually think that the CONNECTS piece is one of the most valuable reasons why I attend the conference. Because of these meetings, I have one-on-one time with people that I might never speak with. They are not just sales pitches. Every meeting is an opportunity to learn about new business opportunities – to build a relationship and a resource network for our travel program. My goal is to include at least five meetings with new people every year.”

Beth Ray-Schroeder, Director, Duke Alumni Travels, Duke Alumni Affairs

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CONNECTS is an integral part of your Signature Conference experience.

CONNECTS is a networking and meeting platform designed to address product development challenges, identify new product offerings, stimulate conversation about global destinations, and share perspectives and ideas specific to educational travel.

Look at the International Bazaar as a venue to expand your destination and product knowledge to identify new ways to serve your constituents.
CONNECTS does not operate within a commercial trade show format.

Make CONNECTS work for you!

The CONNECTS scheduler opens approximately one month before the Signature Conference.


All delegates are offered the option to request pre-scheduled one-on-one CONNECTS meetings, through the online portal: however individuals are not required to pre-schedule appointments.  Requesting meetings with individuals doesn’t mean guaranteed confirmations, instant sales, or a future relationship.

For efficient networking and meetings, CONNECTS is held in the International Bazaar where delegates can maximize their opportunities to engage with existing partners, source new contacts, and meet delegates beyond one’s familiar networks.

Free time has been built into the 2019 conference agenda, Beyond CONNECTS, for additional B-2-B meetings, to preclude any individuals from holding business meetings outside of the International Bazaar space during the officially designated time for CONNECTS.

4 Necessary Steps Before you CONNECT

1) You must be an active ETC member to use the CONNECTS scheduler. Renew your membership or Join today!
2) Your Organization and Member Profiles must be updated and complete. About completing profiles.
3) Register for the 2019 Signature Conference
4) Pay for 2019 Membership & Conference Registration

The CONNECTS scheduling tool is open approximately one month prior to the 2019 Signature Conference.

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Don’t monopolize someone’s time. If you are carrying the weight of a conversation, wrap it up and move on.

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Ditch the elevator pitch while networking. Network to make
authentic connections, not sales.

The business building “gold” is not in collecting business cards but in the solid relationships you build.

The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.