Urban Expositions Acquires the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

Media Contact: Elizabeth Ray
FRLA Press Secretary
850.224.2250 ext. 255

(Tallahassee, FL) –  The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is proud to partner with Urban Expositions, the new owner of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show. Urban Expositions has acquired the trade show from Reed Exhibitions. As part of the acquisition, the company also purchased the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo, Expo Comida Latina and the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show. Urban Expositions will assume ownership immediately although Reed Exhibitions will manage the upcoming Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, September 22-24, 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center.
“We are thrilled to partner with Urban Expositions and build on the success of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “We will work closely, as we did with Reed Exhibitions, to strengthen professional growth opportunities and enrich the trade show experience for exhibitors and attendees.”
The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show is the only comprehensive industry event devoted to the Southeast U.S. restaurant, foodservice and hospitality market. The Show provides exhibitors a strategic forum to demonstrate food products, technology and equipment as well as discuss service solutions with current customers and new prospects.
For more information about the show please visit http://www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com/.
About the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
FRLA’s mission is to ‘Protect, Educate and Promote’ Florida’s hospitality industry – which represents a $71.8 billion industry, 23% of Florida’s economy, $4.3 billion in sales tax revenue, and over one million employees, making it Florida’s largest employer. It is Florida’s premier non-profit, hospitality industry trade association. FRLA safeguards the needs of the hospitality industry, improves the business climate, promotes the highest levels of quality and safety for our patrons, provides legislative advocacy, and eases navigation of government regulation. The Association represents and serves more than 10,000 independent and household name members, suppliers, and theme parks.
About Urban Expositions
Urban Expositions is the largest gift, airport and souvenir trade show organizer in the U.S., hosting a total of 28 shows each year. In January of 1996, Urban Expositions launched the semi-annual Philadelphia Gift Show, which has become one of the largest and most successful regional gift events in the nation. Since then, the company has continued to grow through acquisitions and new show development. Based in Kennesaw, GA, Urban Expositions offers a complete roster of trade show management services, including exhibit sales and marketing, operations, exhibitor/attendee promotions and services, media relations, seminar and event coordination, database development and management. For more information please visit www.urban-expo.com .