New in 2021

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.

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

#GBACSTAR #tourism #travel #hospitality #destination #healthandsafety #hereinbmore

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.

Baltimore Convention Center COVID FAQs

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

One-day 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.

Recommended Matches

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.

Double Appointments

Buyers will be able to request a double appointment with seller companies who they want to have additional time with to conduct business.

Virtual Appointments

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

Exclusive Content

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.