5 Tips for a Successful Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Show
If you’re heading to Orlando for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association show, then listen up! We’ve got 5 tips to help you make the most out of your conference. Preparing in advance for any tradeshow is a good idea, so don’t let this opportunity to fine tune your skills and brush up on the latest restaurant technology slip away.
PRO Tip: If you’re not already registered to attend, it’s not too late to join all the restaurant & food service professionals that will be in Orlando in September. Click here to register.
Plan Your Sessions in Advance
Most attendees head to conferences to learn about the latest trends in the industry and beef up their skill set. There’s no better way to stay on top of your A game then to sit-in at sessions. Be sure to check out the complete overview of the 30+ educational sessions available for attendees before you go. You can browse sessions, view tracks and read up on all of the speakers. Create a plan and be prepared: Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association is huge!
PRO Tip #1
If you’re traveling with colleagues, split the sessions up to maximize the amount of knowledge you can gain from the show! Have a debrief each night to share notes.
Know the Exhibitors
If you head over to the show website, you can find everything you need to prepare for a successful event, including a complete list of all exhibitors. With more than 300 booths on the show floor representing everything from restaurant food & beverage products, equipment, services, distributors, restaurant technology and more – you’re going to want to make your own list of those you really need to stop by and see. Dig deep into their products and solutions. You should know what your needs are back at your restaurant, so research specific products and services to be able to make accurate comparisons on the show floor. Be sure to make appointments in advance to meet with those vendors, too.
PRO Tip #2
Wear comfortable shoes and charge your FitBit! The Orange County Convention Center is HUGE, 2.1M square feet of exhibit space to be exact! You’ll be doing a ton of walking, so be sure your shoes are up to par so you’re ready to rack up those steps!
Bring Extra Business Cards
You never know when you’ll run out. Yes, we live in the digital age where everyone has their smartphones on them, but there’s still something to be said for having a decent conversation and being able to hand over an old school business card. Just pack extra.
Pack a Back Pack or Bag
With all the walking you’re going to be doing, you’ll want to have a bag for all of your essentials. While working your way around the show floor and through the educational sessions you’ll probably be picking up some collateral and cool giveaways. You’re not going to want to keep your hands full. Have a nice bag to lessen the burden.
PRO Tip #3
We’ll have some awesome giveaway bags in our booth (#2021). Stop by and pick one up!
Schedule Demos of the Latest Guest Management and Kitchen Display Systems
QSR will have a team of experts on the show floor to demo our restaurant wait list app & reservation reservation system, ConnectSmart®Host, as well as our kitchen display system, ConnectSmart Kitchen.
PRO Tip #4
You can schedule a demo with QSR in advance. Let us show you how we can revamp your FOH and BOH.
Here you have it. 5 tips to keep you in good shape for the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association show this year. And to boot – below is the logistic info you’ll need to be on top of:
Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Dr.
Orlando, FL, 32819
- Sunday, September 10: 11am-5pm
- Monday, September 11: 11am-5pm
- Tuesday, September 12: 11am-4pm
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About the Author
Amber Mullaney led all things marketing for QSR. A proud Texan native, she graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Public Relations and spent her career in the healthcare industry before making the switch to QSR and beyond, saying she loves a good challenge. Amber has a long list of things she loves, including tacos (especially tacos), sweet tea, Texas, the outdoors, and traveling with her husband and two daughters.