Attendee FAQs

What are the show dates, hours and location?

Dates: Sunday, July 9 – Monday, July 10, 2017

Hours: Sunday - 9:30 am to 5 pm
Monday - 9:30 am to 4 pm

Location: Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 650 S Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202

Parking: Car, truck, and trailer parking at the convention center is easy. The garage and three surface parking lots (Lots C, D, and E) can accommodate almost any vehicle; however, they do not offer overnight parking or utility connections for campers and RVs. Parking is $15 per entry. Parking map

CONSTRUCTION ALERT! There is currently highway construction underway to improve connectivity and traffic flow into Downtown Dallas. For details including detours and lane closures go to Dallas Horseshoe Project. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

When will registration and housing open?

Registration and housing opened on Janaury 31, 2017.

What is the registration cost?

Registration fees and information are available on the attend page. We have member, non-member and non exhibiting supplier rates.

Are there special rates such as group rates, daily rates, etc., available?

There are no daily rates or special group rates. There are early bird and advance registration rates for TRA members and non-members. TRA members receive free early bird registration with the member promo code.  

What does the registration fee include?

Registration includes access to TRA Marketplace exhibit hall during show days, which includes education sessions, demonstrations and opportunities for networking.

Do I have to be a Texas Restaurant Association member to attend?

No, but TRA members do receive free early bird registration and discounts on advance registration.  All attendees must be affiliated with the restaurant/food service or lodging industry. A business card or tax ID number is required to register for the show. Your company's accounting/finance department can provide you with the tax ID number. Note: TRA Marketplace is open to the trade only and not open to the public.

Who should attend the show?

Professionals in the restaurant and hospitality industry including single and multi-unit independent operators, franchisees, franchisors, corporate executives, chefs, unit managers, institutional food service providers, hotels, caterers, etc.

How long does it take to walk the show floor?

Allow two days to cover the entire show floor and participate in the many education and networking opportunities.

Are children allowed on the TRA Marketplace show floor?

No. No one under the age of 16 (including infants and toddlers) is allowed on the show floor at any time. This rule applies to both attendees and exhibitors. Note: This rule is strictly enforced and there are no exceptions to this policy. ID may be requested if the age of an individual is in question.

What is the expected attendance at the show?

More than 5,000 attendees over the course of the two days are expected.

How many exhibitors will be at the show?

We expect 500+ exhibiting companies on the show floor.

Can I rent a power scooter or wheelchair for TRA’s Marketplace?

Yes. You can make a reservation, which will guarantee that your equipment will be available upon your scheduled arrival to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center or your hotel. Without a reservation, rentals are on a first come, first served basis and will require additional delivery time.

Who should I contact with exhibitor questions?

Please contact us via e-mail or by calling 800-395-2872.

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