ABA’s Marketplace 2021 is an opportunity to actively participate in the business building activities that have been proven over the years. But the world is changing and so is Marketplace. Our changes are designed to provide a safe environment and value-add options for all members of the industry.
NEW IN SAFETY
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
ABA is actively engaging in conversations, implementing current standards and procedures, and following COVID-19 protocols throughout all interactions and event activities. From registration to meal functions…from business floor booths to social functions, ABA is committed to your safety as we get back to business.
ABA has not announced the exact safety measures that we will be following since the protocols are evolving daily. However, ABA is committed to providing a safe place to conduct business and is regularly working with the city, convention center and hotel professionals to address each safety area. Safety at Marketplace is our top priority. We will put out specific guidance as we get closer to the event so they reflect the current protocols established.
Visit Baltimore and the Baltimore Convention Center are taking big steps to ensure visitors feel safe and healthy in Charm City. Last week, we announced a partnership with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council to support these efforts.
Learn about the GBAC STAR accreditation here: https://lnkd.in/dhwTQ4W
Convention Center Protocols
The Baltimore Convention Center, ABA, and all of our vendor partners are working in partnership to design and create safe spaces for you to conduct business, participate in education and build relationships.
Host Hotel Safety
ABA is working with our host hotels to ensure the safety of our members.
NEW IN REGISTRATION
Organizational Fee Instead of Individual Registration Costs for Sellers
Seller organizations will pay one fee ($1595 or $1695) for the following: one set of prescheduled onsite appointments, one appointment-taking delegate and unlimited attendees from your company, all with business floor access.
Appointment-taker Buyer Rebate
All appointment-taking Buyer delegates will be eligible for a $500 rebate post-Marketplace if they successfully complete the following: register by January 8, complete their Marketplace profile survey, request onsite appointments, participate in virtual appointments, stay at a host hotel and attend all preschedule onsite appointments.
Marketplace 2020 Pricing
Understanding the financial hardships in the industry, ABA is offering Marketplace 2020 registration and sponsorship rates for 2021.
Extended Recovery Rate
Early-bird (Recovery Rate) has been extended until September 18.
Flexible Cancellation Policy
We know that making long-term plans is difficult in this current world of uncertainty. ABA is committed to protecting your investment. You can cancel your registration, for any reason and with no penalty, by September 18, 2020. If you cancel your registration for any reason from September 19, 2020 through January 8, 2021 there will be a reduced cancellation fee of $250.
NEW IN APPOINTMENTS
To allow for less time out of the office and less housing costs, all Sellers will have their prescheduled appointments on one day:
DMO/Receptive Operator/Charter Operators | Sunday AM/Sunday PM
Lodging, Attraction, Associate & Allied Association Sellers One Day Appointments | Monday AM/Monday PM or Tuesday AM/Tuesday PM
Marketplace Profiles for Research Databases
More specific profile questions have been developed from member feedback and will be a part of the online registration process.
Appointment-taking delegates will be able to click a button and see a list of recommended organizations based on pre-determined fields from the Marketplace profiles.
Buyers will be able to request a double appointment with seller companies who they want to have additional time with to conduct business.
ABA will be offering virtual appointments pre and post Marketplace. These appointments will be by invitation and in some cases, first come, first served.
NEW IN NETWORKING
Multiple Dedicated Networking Floor Time Daily
The Marketplace schedule has been rebuilt to include multiple Networking Floor opportunities daily.
Online Discussion Boards
ABA will launch an online community board for discussions, best practices, and networking.
NEW IN EDUCATION
Pre-Marketplace speaker education content will only be able through the Marketplace Passport. Pre-conference webinars, panels and other virtual learning experiences are focused on giving you critical job skills and industry information, resulting in a stronger motorcoach and group tour industry.
Operator Only Education
Marketplace will launch a Morning Kick-Off program to include daily operator focused education with no other competing.