Attendee FAQS

What are the dates / hours and location of the Ocean City Trade Expo 2024?
Dates: Sunday, March 3rd 11:00 am - 5:00 pm and Monday, March 4th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Ocean City Convention Center 4001 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842
How much does it cost to register?
Attendee pre-registration is free until March 1st - after March 1st, you must register on-site for $25 per person. Expo is open to the trade only. In order to walk the show floor, you must be in the industry on the buying side (sellers of industry products must purchase Exhibit space). For example, hotel, motel, restaurant, catering, concessions, bed & breakfast, property management, campground, coffee house, ice cream store, nightclub, liquor store, convenience store, cafeteria, nursing home, schools/colleges, hospital. Expo management reserves the right to determine if your registration fits these parameters.
Do I have to be an OCHMRA member to attend?
No, but you must be affiliated with the restaurant/foodservice/lodging industry. If registering on-site, you must have a business card, business license, letterhead to validate employment; paystubs are no longer accepted.
Who should attend the Ocean City Trade Expo?
Attendance is encouraged for anyone directly involved in making purchase suggestions or decisions in the foodservice or lodging industry.
How many exhibitors are at the Ocean City Trade Expo?
We have over 350 companies in 406 exhibit booths.
How long does it take to walk the show floor?
It will take approximately one day to adequately cover the entire show.
Are children allowed at the show? 
No one under 21 years of age is permitted on the show floor at any time. Babysitting services are available during show hours. OCHMRA reserves the right to request proof of age from any one at any time. There are no exceptions to this policy & it is strictly enforced.
How can I pay my on-site registration fee?
We accept cash & checks made payable to OCHMRA.
Are substitutions accepted?
Substitutions are not permitted, the name on your badge must match the name on your Drivers License or Proof of Age.
Is a shuttle service provided?
No, however, you can park at the Castle in the Sand Hotel located across the street. Also, once you have your badge you may ride OC public transportation for free.
Are there any hotel discounts / deals for Trade Expo Attendees?
Yes, we have lodging members offering you their best rates, exclusively for Expo Attendees and Exhibitors. Remember - book direct with the hotel! If you need additional assistance, call us at 410-289-6733.
Who should I contact if I have any questions?
You can call the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association at 410-289-6733.