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Category: Association News

Sales for 2018 Expo have begun

The highlight of the winter is just around the corner as the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association is actively preparing for the 44th Annual Ocean City Spring Trade Expo — March 4-5, 2018. Coined, “coming out of winter hibernation” by one long-time exhibitor, this Expo is a long-standing tradition. As the producer of the largest Mid-Atlantic […]

Securing your payments processing

October marks the two-year anniversary of the U.S. migration to EMV smart-chip enabled payment technology. Despite the fact that the migration was accompanied by a card-present fraud liability shift to the party using the least secure technology, Visa reports that only about two million U.S. merchants have transitioned to this new level of technology. This […]

  Eat. Give. Live.

I have never encountered a more giving community than the restaurants and foodservice businesses in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. region. This region’s restaurant community members serve more than just food and drink — they are anchors of their communities. Owners, operators, chefs, and staff dedicate countless volunteer hours and services every year to charitable causes […]

RAMMYS 2017 – The Best Yet!

This year, we continued the 35-year tradition of the RAMMY Awards again at D.C.’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center. It was truly the best yet, with just shy of 2,400 people in attendance. Our annual celebration brought together restaurant owners, operators, chefs, vendors, and employees who all made reservations to come together and acknowledge our […]

New Study: Meals Tax Hikes Could Starve Virginia Localities

Beacon Hill report finds lost jobs, millions of dollars in lost consumer income from tax hikes. In August, VRLTA, in partnership with the National Restaurant Association, called attention to a new report estimating the impact of meals tax increases in Virginia localities. The research, conducted and released by the Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy […]

Are You Making the Most of Restaurant Week?

Restaurant weeks continue to be popular with the dining public, and local municipalities are more than willing to host them for promotional reasons. With over 20 different restaurant weeks occurring in Maryland each year, there are plenty of options and opportunities to dine out during these traditionally slower times for restaurants. Customers are showing up […]

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