Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Founded in 1946 as the Florida Restaurant Association, FRLA merged with the Florida Hotel and Motel Association in 2006. FRLA’s more than 10,000 members include independent hoteliers and restaurateurs, household name franchises, theme parks and suppliers. The association’s mission is to protect, educate and promote Florida’s $111.7 billion hospitality industry which represents 1.4 million employees. Dedicated to safeguarding the needs of the membership, FRLA provides legislative advocacy to ensure the voices of its members are heard and their interests are protected. The association offers regulatory compliance and food safety training through SafeStaff® and FRLA’s subsidiary, RCS Training. The FRLA Educational Foundation provides industry-developed, career-building high school programs throughout the state.

FRLA Events

The Show Party

September 14, 2019 – BB King’s Blues Club Orlando

The Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association invites you to BB King’s Blues Club for an evening of networking, music and fantastic food.  All Attendees and exhibitors welcome. Registration includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and (2) drink tickets for select beer and wine. Cash bars will be available featuring signature cocktails and spirits. BB King’s also features a lively house band and a great atmosphere for camaraderie and fun.  Visit the event page for more information.

Event proceeds support Central Florida hospitality educational opportunities for high school and college students.

BB King’s Blues Club Orlando, 9101 International Drive #2230, Orlando, FL 32819

Sponsorship Opportunities are available by contacting Regional Director, Keri Burns (

the show party

FRLA Hospitality Stars of the Industry Celebration

September 15, 2019 – Hyatt Regency Orlando

Join industry leaders for an evening of networking and entertainment! Held in conjunction with the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, this is THE Florida hospitality gathering of the year.  During the celebration, FRLA will install its Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee.  In addition, FRLA’s Hall of Fame winners (Hotelier, Restaurateur and Supplier of the Year) and outstanding hospitality industry employees will be recognized for their accomplishments and service to the industry. Visit the event page for more information.

Hyatt Regency Orlando, 9801 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

6:00 pm Welcome Reception; 7:00 pm Installation and Awards Dinner

For sponsorship and event information, contact Ashley Gholston at

FRLA Fall Board Meeting

September 15-16, 2019 – Orange County Convention Center

FRLA board members, chapter presidents, representatives, past state chairmen and at-large directors from large and small national restaurant and hotel chains and top independents hold their bi-annual board meeting at the show. Visit the event page for more information.

For sponsorship information, contact Ashley Gholston at For event information, contact Sandy Moore (

NRA/FRLA Bob Leonard Golf Classic

October 17, 2019 - ChampionsGate Golf Course

Our Bob Leonard golf chairs and Jeff Grayson committee members invite you to join us for this exciting tournament! VIP senior executives from Walt Disney World, Marriott, Outback Steakhouse, Tijuana Flats, Miller’s Ale House, Firehouse Subs, Hilton and Universal team up with FRLA member suppliers for a day of unparalleled relationship-building opportunities. Don’t golf? Don’t worry! There are plenty of opportunities before, during and after the tournament to network. Visit the event page for more information.

For sponsorship and event information, contact Ashley Gholston at