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Connecticut Convention Center

Overview

Opened in 2005, the Connecticut Convention Center is the Northeast’s most ideal location for trade shows, conventions, business meetings or any occasion demanding a dramatic riverfront setting. Overlooking the Connecticut River, the Center is situated in the heart of downtown Hartford’s Front Street District – a rapidly expanding entertainment hub teeming with new restaurants, bistros and entertainment venues.

Limitlessly functional and endlessly customizable, the 540,000 square foot Connecticut Convention Center is the largest convention facility between New York and Boston. The Center combines amply meeting space – including 140,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 40,000 square foot ballroom and 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space – with visually stunning touches, creating the ideal backdrop for any event.

The Center’s award-winning event planning and in-house catering team combine with spectacular function space to make every event unforgettable. Every facet of hosting an event has been taken into consideration – from state-of-the-art audio-visual, to flexible spaces and abundant pre-function areas, to amply on-site sheltered parking.
 

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Facilities

Exhibition Area (sq ft)
140,000
Exhibition Hall
NA
Largest Ballroom (sq ft)
40,000
Ballroom (seating)
NA
Hotels (rooms)
409
Largest Meeting Space (sq ft)
NA
Meeting (rooms)
14
Meeting Space (sq ft)
25,000
Catering
-
Open Outdoor Area (sq ft)
NA
Dining (seating)
NA
Auditorium (seating)
NA

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Press Releases

Jul 15, 2016

Connect New England is the Start of Something Great

PRESS RELEASE

Connect New England is the Start of Something Great

Hartford, CN (July 15, 2016) The inaugural Connect New England took place June 22-24 in Hartford, Connecticut, at the Connecticut Convention Center. The reverse-style trade show for association, sports and corporate planners hosted 100 industry professionals for one-on-one appointments.

Feedback from the show has been extremely positive. “I attend many trade shows, and this show was intimate and allowed for a lot more networking opportunities among all the attendees, planners and suppliers. It allowed for real connections. I truly loved it! Kudos for thinking outside the box and adding the regional component to your already established fabulous shows,” said Norma Charette of Campus Conference Solutions.

The event kicked off with a New England-style clambake reception outdoors at the convention center, and day two opened with a keynote breakfast featuring leadership expert Alesia Latson, followed by an interactive CSR project. Connect New England teamed up with Camp Courant, Hartford’s free children’s summer camp, and filled 96 backpacks for the kids and constructed 100 build-your-own jump ropes for campers. The afternoon’s lunch keynote, author and businessman Da Chen, brought attendees to tears as he expressed his story of triumph and perseverance through art. Breakfast on the third day featured well-known industry advocate Roger Rickard and more education.

After three days of prescheduled appointments between planners and suppliers, attendees did not leave empty-handed. “Connect New England was much better than I ever anticipated. Hartford proved to be a great New England destination, and the food offered at the Connecticut Convention Center was outstanding. For those planners who chose not to attend, you really did miss a well-run event offering opportunities to meet with hotels and cities in New England, ones we were unaware of all they had to offer,” said David Rosenberg, founder of Marketing & Events, Inc.

Need a visual? A photo gallery from the event is online now! Dates and locations for Connect New England 2017 will be announced soon. For more information on Connect New England, please visit connectnewenglandmeetings.com. Connect’s next regional event will be Connect Florida, Oct. 25-27 in Orlando. Learn more at connectfloridameetings.com.

ABOUT CONNECT

Connect is a leader in the meetings, travel and tourism industry. Specializing in destination marketing, the company produces digital programs, online and mobile solutions, meetings business and travel magazines, trade shows and consumer events, travel guides for newspapers and leisure magazines, and destination information, which is distributed through broadcast and custom programs. More information about the company’s brands and services is available at connectmeetings.com.

Media contact: Stephanie Davis Smith, sdsmith@connectmeetings.com

Jun 21, 2016

Connecticut’s Convention & Hospitality Industry Welcomes the Inaugural “Connect New England” Trade Show to Hartford

PRESS RELEASE

Connecticut’s Convention & Hospitality Industry Welcomes the Inaugural “Connect New England” Trade Show to Hartford

Hartford, CN (June 21, 2016) This week, Downtown Hartford will be the site of the first-ever “Connect New England.” The prestigious appointment-only trade show will bring together the most active planners, suppliers and experts in association, sports and specialty meetings who focus on New England destinations for their meetings and events. The private event will take place on Wednesday, June 22 through Friday, June 24, 2016, at the Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford, Connecticut. Attendees will stay at the connecting Marriott Hartford Downtown.

“Connect New England” is hosted by Connect in partnership with Connecticut Convention Center, the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, and the Hartford Marriott Downtown/Waterford Hotel Group.

“We are very pleased that Connect selected Connecticut’s Capital City as the site of this first-time event,” says H. Scott Phelps, president of Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB), the State’s official meetings and sports event sales and marketing organization. “We welcome the opportunity to meet many influential professional meeting planners from across New England and to help them discover what makes our state an attractive choice for so many conventions, meetings and sports events.”

“Hosting Connect New England allows us to provide the planners with the unique opportunity to experience the Convention Center and the city of Hartford as their meeting attendees would,” says Michele Hughes, Director of Sales & Marketing for the Connecticut Convention Center. “We are excited to showcase the Convention Center and the talents of our incredible culinary team to make the first-ever Connect New England an event to never be forgotten.”

“We are looking forward to the inaugural Connect New England with our partners in Hartford,” says Connect President, Chris Collinson. “Our No. 1 goal is to help our attendees form new relationships or build on current ones that result in long-lasting business connections. Our model has proven that attendees are able to satisfy their business goals during and after our events and Connect New England will be no different.”

During the Marketplace session of Connect New England, planners and sellers meet in preset, scheduled appointments specific to their markets; exchange RFPs; arrange future site visits; and book events. The popular Marketplace format was first introduced to the meetings industry by Collinson Media and Events, which has recently rebranded to Connect. Connect produces Connect Marketplace, Connect Sports Marketplace, Connect Faith Marketplace and Diversity Marketplace, as well as state-specific shows in the meetings and hospitality industries.

Connect is a leader in the meetings, travel and tourism industry. Specializing in destination marketing, the company produces digital programs, online and mobile solutions, meetings business and travel magazines, trade shows and consumer events, travel guides for newspapers and leisure magazines, and destination information, which is distributed through broadcast and custom programs. More information about the company’s brands and services is available at connectmeetings.com. For more information on Connect New England, please visit connectnewenglandmeetings.com.

The Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB) works in partnership with the state’s businesses, institutions, nonprofit organizations, and surrounding communities to market all of Connecticut – convention and meeting venues, hotels and attractions, and sporting venues – as a premier destination for international, national, regional and statewide conferences, conventions and major sports events. The public-private partnership is funded by dues from members and by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and Connecticut Office of Tourism. The Connecticut Sports Advisory Board, a division of the CTCSB, focuses its efforts on attracting and serving international, national and regional sporting events. For more information, visit CTmeetings.org or call 860-728-6789.

The Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford is the state’s premier meeting venue and the largest full-service convention facility between New York and Boston. Overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River, it features 140,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 40,000-square-foot ballroom and 25,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as ample sheltered parking. The venue is professionally managed for the State of Connecticut by Waterford Venue Services, an affiliate of Waterford Hotel Group. For more information, visit CTConventions.com or call 860-249-6000.

The Marriott Hartford Downtown is located in the Front Street District of Hartford, overlooking the Connecticut River and interconnected with the Connecticut Convention Center. Attracting business and leisure travelers alike since 2005, this 409-room upscale hotel is AAA rated with four Diamonds. Many popular Hartford attractions are within walking distance. For more information, visit marriotthartford.com or call 
860-249-8000.
 

Feb 25, 2016

Connect New England Launching in June 2016

PRESS RELEASE

Connect New England Launching in June 2016

 Atlanta, GA (February 25, 2016)  Connect New England is the newest show in the 2016 Connect event lineup. The appointment-only trade show brings together the most active planners, suppliers and experts in association, corporate sports and specialty meetings who focus on New England destinations for their meetings and events. Connect New England will take place June 22-24, 2016, in Hartford, Connecticut. “Hartford’s compact hotel and convention center package, when combined with everything else they’re known for, makes it a perfect host for our inaugural Connect New England,” says Connect President Chris Collinson. Connect New England is hosted by Connect in partnership with Connecticut Convention Center, Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau and Hartford Marriott Downtown.

“We are thrilled Connect has selected Hartford and the state of Connecticut as the site of this influential inaugural event,” says H. Scott Phelps, president of Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau. “Connecticut’s convenient proximity to 23.5 million people who live within a two-hour drive of Hartford, the state capital, continues to be a driving force in making our state a strong draw for all types of meetings, sports events and trade shows. We are eager to offer professional meeting planners from across New England the opportunity to discover our wide array of rich historic and cultural heritage assets in a state that’s scenic in every season.”

Adds Tim Walsh, CMP, vice president of sales at Discover Newport (Rhode Island) and president of NewEnglandMeetingSites.com, “There is an air of excitement throughout New England with the announcement of Connect’s new show. Connect’s reputation for coordinating top-rated shows that bring qualified planners to the table is known throughout the industry, and we are thrilled it is bringing its proven formula to our area. There is a need for this type of show in New England.”

During the Marketplace session of Connect New England, planners and sellers meet in preset, scheduled appointments specific to their markets; exchange RFPs; arrange future site visits; and book events. The popular Marketplace format was first introduced to the meetings industry by Collinson Media and Events, which has recently rebranded to Connect. Connect produces Connect Marketplace, Connect Sports Marketplace, Connect Faith Marketplace and Diversity Marketplace, as well as state-specific shows in the meetings and hospitality industries.

For more information on Connect New England, please visit connectnewenglandmeetings.com.

ABOUT CONNECT Connect is a leader in the meetings, travel and tourism industry. Specializing in destination marketing, the company produces digital programs, online and mobile solutions, meetings business and travel magazines, trade shows and consumer events, travel guides for newspapers and leisure magazines, and destination information, which is distributed through broadcast and custom programs. More information about the company’s brands and services is available at connectmeetings.com.

Media contact: Director of Marketing Mindy Hylton, mhylton@connectmeetings.com

Feb 10, 2015

The Connecticut Convention Center has the Luck of the Irish

PRESS RELEASE

The Connecticut Convention Center has the Luck of the Irish

Hartford, CN (February 10, 2015) The Connecticut Convention Center will be the stomping ground for the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America – New England Region.

The association will bring the New England Oireachtas to Hartford for the first time in 2017. The regional Irish Dance competition will bring thousands of dancers, teachers and spectators to Hartford utilizing close to 2,300 overnight rooms at several hotels each year of the event.

Jan 21, 2015

Connecticut Convention Center Welcomes New Sales Manager, Steven Ranno

PRESS RELEASE

Connecticut Convention Center Welcomes New Sales Manager, Steven Ranno

Hartford, CN (January 21, 2015) The Connecticut Convention Center recently named Steven Ranno as its newest Sales Manager.

In his new role, Steven will focus his efforts on bringing multi-day conferences and meetings as well as state associations to the Convention Center. Steven joins the sales team in booking business that will help the Convention Center achieve its long-term goals.

Jan 15, 2015

Mizuno New England Winterfest Volleyball Tournament to bring nearly 10,000 visitors to Greater Hartford this weekend

PRESS RELEASE

Mizuno New England Winterfest Volleyball Tournament to bring nearly 10,000 visitors to Greater Hartford this weekend

Hartford, CN (January 15, 2015) More than 2,000 female volleyball players from across the Northeast will travel to Connecticut’s Capital Region later this week when the New England Region Volleyball Association (NERVA) hosts the “2015 Mizuno New England Winterfest Volleyball Tournament” at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The event will be held this Friday, January 16 through Monday, January 19, 2015.

Tournament organizers, the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB), and the Connecticut Convention Bureau are looking forward to welcoming close to 10,000 visitors over the long weekend. Approximately 2,000 players, 250 coaches, 100 officials and volunteer tournament staff, and thousands of family members and fans are expected.

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Tel: 860-249-6000

EVENT PLANNERS

Michele   Hughes

Tel : 860-728-2618

MARKETING

 

EXHIBITORS

Jaime   Testa

Tel : 860-728-2613

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