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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!”
“Great event to meet and greet friends and colleagues from the industry in the Latin American and Caribbean region.”
“Your availability, your interest in your clients, your friendliness and your flexibility amount to the best possible loyalty program anyone could provide.”
“Thank you so much for the excellent organisation, I only could spend 24h at CONNECT but it was 200% worth it!”
“Connect is a conference where you can meet all your current and potential airline partners in a very relaxed way!”
“CONNECT New World was, in my opinion, a fantastic, necessary and useful initiative.”
“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.”
“What an amazing event! We loved the venue, the city and all the opportunities that came with CONNECT! Thank you!”
“Perfect, relaxed, and still profitable, business wise…you have to come!!”
“Excellent event looking forward to 2024.”
“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.”
“Perfect hospitality. The number of confirmed meetings exceeded our expectations.”
“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!”
“Tangier was a good choice for this year Connect. Event well organised with chance for number of meetings in a nice atmosphere. Everything was not "overwhelming". Good organisation of meetings in Business Lounge.”
“CONNECT is a very good fit for us with regards to attending airlines and their representatives! It’s an intimate setting, even though it's still a big event and a good value for money. Following this event, we are planning increased capacity on existing routes.”
“CONNECT is a great format to network with industry professionals and decision-makers. Through our connections at the event, Flyadeal launched 3 routes to Tbilisi International Airport, with 9 frequencies per week.”
“A very nice event in Tampere, extremely well-co-ordinated and very productive I have to say. Of course, we are planning to attend next event in Tangier.”
“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!”
“One of the best airline industry events, combining efficiency and organization with French style and flair!”
“CONNECT offers the opportunity to network and catch-up with airports from Europe and beyond, in a very relaxed setting. In 2020, the event helped us launch 5 new routes to Italy and France. In 2022 we will be in Tampere to join new conversations and new projects for our network.”
“The event was as always perfectly organized. CONNECT has managed to grow significantly over the last years without losing its friendliness and professionalism.”
“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.”
“There is great attention to detail and the CONNECT team are like an army of ants with their eyes on everything!”
“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.”
“The meetings were incredibly productive, exceeding my expectations. There was a perfect balance of topics, covering both the challenging and unconventional aspects of the aviation industry. Moreover, the event provided an invaluable opportunity to exchange knowledge and insights with industry peers.”
“What a great event and host city. The easyJet team and I really enjoyed our time and loved the Finnish hospitality. Thank you!”
“Definitely a "must attend" aviation conference during our calendar year.”
“CONNECT is a well organised event with a friendly yet professional atmosphere. It is an important part of Newcastle International Airport’s calendar of engagement with current and prospective airline partners.”
“An excellent 3 days full of meetings and great networking events. A very good opportunity to meet airports we would not have thought about creating brainstorming opportunities.”
“I managed to have over 20 scheduled meetings with current and potential airline partners”
“I had better outcomes than expected in the meetings I had and the networking events were very good.”