Clarion Events Food & Beverage Group and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) have announced the relaunch of the all-new Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show (FRLS) taking place November 1-4, 2022 at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Florida. This newly reimagined gathering for the foodservice, catering, accommodation and hospitality industry will replace the historic FRLS, traditionally held in Orlando in September.
“After 40 years of hosting the FRLA Show in Orlando, we felt it was time to refresh this important industry event, of which our association has long been a partner,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO. Executive, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association. . “We believe in the power of in-person networking through a strong and vibrant exhibition and conference and look forward to rebuilding and restarting this 40-year-old event. We work closely with Clarion Events to develop timely education, exciting high-production events with top chefs and presenters, and a diverse exhibit hall showcasing hot trends and concepts. Additionally, we are thrilled that the FRLA Board meeting is being held in conjunction with this new event.
Education will be a key part of this new event with leading experts providing relevant content for independents, small and medium chains, regional chains, restaurant and hospitality professionals. Topics to be covered will include Technology, Trends & Hot Concepts, HR/Personnel, Marketing, Operations, Financing/Budgeting, Leasing, Menu, Legal/Compliance, Private Label, Products health/healthy foods, well-being, sustainability, etc.
The Exhibit Hall will offer a diverse and curated collection of products and services, educational theaters, high production demonstrations, wine and spirits, flair bartending, a Latino initiative and much more. Special events will include breakfast, roundtable lunches with peer networking, receptions, awards, fundraising and the FRLA awards.
“We have worked closely with our FRLA partners to assess the best ways to bring the restaurant and lodging industry back together in Florida after a two-year hiatus and are excited to announce the launch of this new and exciting conference and exhibition. said Rita Ugianskis, group vice president of Clarion Events Food & Beverage. “We know that the Florida restaurant and hospitality market is dynamic and deserves an event that offers top-notch exhibits, training, and networking opportunities. We look forward to delivering this to FRLA members and the broader Florida market in November 2022.”
The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show is sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA), the premier nonprofit trade association for the Florida hospitality industry. Founded in 1946 as the Florida Restaurant Association, the FRLA merged with the Florida Hotel and Motel Association in 2006. FRLA’s more than 10,000 members include independent hoteliers and restaurateurs, name franchises, theme parks and providers. The association’s mission is to protect, educate and promote Florida’s $111.7 billion hospitality industry, which represents 1.5 million employees. Dedicated to safeguarding the needs of its members, the FRLA provides legislative advocacy to ensure that the voices of its members are heard and their interests are protected. The association offers regulatory compliance and food safety training through SafeStaff® and FRLA’s subsidiary, RCS Training. The FRLA Educational Foundation offers industry-developed, career-enhancing high school programs statewide.
Clarion Events (us.clarionevents.com) produces 37 events in 13 trade and consumer event sectors. The Clarion Events Food & Beverage group includes the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo, the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show in New York, the Coffee Fest and the NGA Show. Clarion Events acquired PennWell in early 2018, bringing 4 Tradeshow 200 events to the US portfolio and boosting already rapid growth. Clarion Events has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, Georgia; Boca Raton, Florida; Tacoma, WA and Fairlawn, NJ.