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Grow Your Destination Through Exposure
CONNECT has been hosted at some of the world’s most stunning destinations. The airport hosts see significant growth following CONNECT, and you could, too! With a strong growth dynamic and a 98% delegate satisfaction rate, CONNECT attracts more new airlines and airports every year, with over 60 countries now represented.
Economic Benefits of Hosting CONNECT
CONNECT act as a catalyst for bringing together local and regional stakeholders to demonstrate the potential assets of the host destination. This happens in every aspect of the event, from the welcome at the airport, to the gala dinner, through countless interactions with airline decision-makers.
The destination stakeholders will benefit from a long-term image boost, which is intensified before, during and after the event through strong multi-channel communication.
The economic impact is direct (new contracts and deals formed at the event, tourism revenue generated by delegates attendance), indirect (further business on the back of the event) and induced (long term impact through the extended economic partners associated to increased connectivity and passenger number).
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See what our past Hosts had to say about their CONNECT experience.
“It was an honour to host CONNECT 2022 for the first time in Finland. The event provided a great platform to promote the Tampere region for airlines and airports. The development of air traffic is essential to ensure the growth and vitality of the region. Our companies, as well as the tourism and event industry require smooth and regular routes.”
“It was a great pleasure to host such a prestigious event in our country for the first time, playing an active role in shaping aviation. We were delighted to ensure that key names of the aviation industry met with the Turkish press and to provide the perfect background for new route negotiations with the airlines. This was also the chance to show all Antalya has to offer: an amazing destination all year long, with a lot of architectural heritage. We hope to see the results of this Antalya experience soon.”
“CONNECT is one of the most strategic forums for the development of air traffic in Europe. Hosting the event has allowed airlines and airports to see first-hand our destination and market potential. Thank you team CONNECT and looking forward to seeing you in Antalya!”
“Hosting CONNECT in Tbilisi gave us the golden opportunity to show attending airlines the endless Georgia’s endless opportunities. One example of a successful outcome is our 2-year negotiations with Air France, coming to a head in the creation of the CDG – TBS route. This conversation began in 2017 during CONNECT in Ajaccio and was finalised in December 2018.”
“As an island, air transport links are the first priority of Corsica’s development. We need to be linked to European capitals all year round in order to grow our economy. Tourism underpins the economy of Corsica, and we are trying to develop other sectors, like the digital economy, but we won’t be able to do so without European and Mediterranean air transport links. Hosting CONNECT was an opportunity to capitalize onthe route development opportunities on offer.”
“This event gave us positive outcomes from both B2B and social networking while we had a great opportunity to start new partnerships and developed existing ones. Also, the team of CONNECT did an enormous effort to make each participant as comfortable and good as it could be done in the best way. All of you have made it an unforgettable event!”
“Perfect organization, both for meetings and for leisure time. CONNECT does compare better than other events in the aviation industry, with longer meeting slots, less stressed timing, which helps people talking and doing business.”
“This was the first time I came to CONNECT in a few years and was impressed to see how much it has developed whilst retaining its small event feel with a quality meeting structure and networking.”
“We performed 60 meetings in three days with the airports we were looking for, it would have took us months to achieve that without CONNECT. We got an excellent return on investment and we ended up having concrete request for commercial proposals. Real value for money!”
“First time in CONNECT for Madagascar’s team and thank you so much, everything was perfect!”
“I managed to have over 20 scheduled meetings with current and potential airline partners”
“Once again there has been a great hospitality and cordial atmosphere, with a meticulous attention to detail in arranging every possible thing for the participants. Everyone who matters in the European market was here.”
“What an amazing event! We loved the venue, the city and all the opportunities that came with CONNECT! Thank you!”
“CONNECT enabled us to meet with a good number of our airline partners. We were also able to take the temperature of the industry in terms of how other airports and industry leaders see things.”
“There is great attention to detail and the CONNECT team are like an army of ants with their eyes on everything!”
“Thank you so much for the excellent organisation, I only could spend 24h at CONNECT but it was 200% worth it!”
“The event was as always perfectly organized. CONNECT has managed to grow significantly over the last years without losing its friendliness and professionalism.”
“We had more than 35 formal meetings held with Airports, Airlines and have turned Business Cases discussed at last year’s CONNECT into reality, launching routes such as BUD, ROM and ZIA.”
“Fantastic event, as ever! CONNECT helps our industry to build networks and air routes which are more important than ever to help our mixed-up world. Bravo to the whole team and see you next year!”
“As always, it was a great pleasure seeing you in Tampere after very long time. We enjoyed both Tampere and Finland, so thanks for bringing us to places we probably would not visit by ourselves. Thanks for an amazing event (as usual) and hospitality, we look forward to seeing you next year in Morocco!”
“During the event we had a lot of scheduled and unscheduled meetings, giving us many opportunities to meet with airport delegates. Thank you for the help and support!”
“Great organization, perfect conditions, delicious food, very friendly and cosy atmosphere and professional communication. Meetings at CONNECT are always very productive! We hope next year will be at least as excellent as it was in 2022!”
“The venue was great, the meetings were long enough, the location and events were superb, the general ambiance was really pleasurable.”
“The skydive was an amazing experience. Beautiful to see the island from above! The conference was very professional but had a relaxed vibe, which I believe was due to the fact that it was held in Sardinia.”
“Second time at CONNECT and it just gets better, thank you for a great conference!”
“Perfect hospitality. The number of confirmed meetings exceeded our expectations.”
“It was the best route networking event I've ever attended. Apart from the success of the meetings we had, the accommodation, the food, the entertainment was magnificent.”
“I had 2 contracts confirmed after the first day and am now in serious talks with potential customers regarding other contracts. A successful event for me!”
“A fantastically organised event down to the tiniest details. It was my first time at CONNECT and I was thoroughly impressed. I could not have imagined a better way to resume networking in person!”
“Professional and well-organized event. Fantastic atmosphere during official part and social part also.”
“Our onsite meetings were trebled with help from the CONNECT team, and we are more than satisfied with these discussions, that are the beginning of long conversations opened up for the future.”
“I had more meetings than expected. Very professional and highly effective in a cordial and relaxed environment. A great event!”
“What a great event and host city. The easyJet team and I really enjoyed our time and loved the Finnish hospitality. Thank you!”
“CONNECT provides enough time for airlines and airports to meet and discuss, as well as build new and nurture existing relationships in the networking sessions.”
“What a fantastic CONNECT conference in Cagliari, over 40 meetings in 3 days which is a new record for RDC. A great opportunity to catch up with clients and introduce other companies to our products.”
“Attending CONNECT is always a very good opportunity to meet wonderful people and work on great projects. Always pleased to be a very small piece of the big puzzle of aviation.”