By: JT Long | From: SmartMeetings

The annual customer gathering and user conference for the largest event tech company on the planet, Cvent CONNECT, is moving to Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, June 10-13. We asked Rachel Andrews, senior director of meetings and events, what 3,500 anticipated attendees can expect in the new location and expanded agenda.

“This is the year I think we spread our wings a little bit and just try something new with a citywide in the middle of the country with a great partner,” said Andrews. “That doesn’t mean we won’t return to Las Vegas, but we wanted to share something new with attendees.”

A Citywide With a Purpose

While the emphasis will be once again on empowering attendees with education about how to manage events more efficiently, it will roll out against the backdrop of a city steeped in deep cultural and historic heritage and a fun San Antonio Riverwalk option for getting out and about.

Check out the complete Cvent CONNECT Agenda.

New this year is a verticalized approach to content, with sessions designed around interests such as pharma/life sciences and third-party planners. The agenda can be sorted to make it easier to find the sessions that fit your interests. There will even be more content designed just for destination marketers. Specialized meetups will enhance peer-to-peer engagement for real-world education.

Day 1 (June 10): Kick off the conference with specialized training camps and partner/leadership summits. Network at the Innovation Pavilion kickoff happy hour in the evening.

Day 2 (June 11): Dive into the agenda with keynotes from Cvent CEO Reggie Aggarwal. The annual Event Marketing and Management Product Roadmap will outline where the company is investing in development for the future. Attend breakout sessions such as “Navigating the Future of Work-linked Wanderlust” and “Secrets to Event Personalization” and network at the conference lunch. The evening event promises Texas-style fun.

Day 3 (June 12): Learn to Lead Through Transitions with Jennifer Morgan, global head of portfolio operations of Blackstone and former CEO of SAP. Check out the largest trade show with over 300 exhibitors. Spend the day meeting vendors and attending sessions. Attendees can also catch breakout sessions on everything from enhancing accessibility to case studies and planning greener events. Network at the closing party that night. The Excellence Awards ceremony celebrates top event organizers in the evening.

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Day 4 (June 13): Optional post-conference activities include backstage tours and culinary experiences in the foodie city of San Antonio, including the new Pullman Market. Take in the sights and culture before departing the Alamo City.

Make the most of your Cvent CONNECT experience by planning your schedule in advance using the detailed agenda and attendee guides. Connect with industry peers and come away with valuable lessons.