TRA Marketplace pulls in national awards as fastest-growing show in country

Nov 3

Drumroll please! TRA Marketplace was recently announced the winner of not one, but TWO separate, national awards – one for fastest-growing show (attendance) within the association industry and also overall.

The awards were presented by the Trade Show News Network (TSNN), a leading industry authority at a ceremony held this past weekend in Atlantic City at Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center, where the 'best of the best' trade shows in North America gathered. Nominees represented a diverse range of industries, including consumer electronics, solar power, jewelry and even cattle.

Over 100 show organizers, their guests, trade show suppliers and association executives participated in this year’s awards. The three-day celebration kicked off Friday night with a Roaring 20’s opening party at the legendary Palm Restaurant and continued throughout the weekend at an awards conference, held at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Accepting the award for TRA Marketplace was Andrea Bahr, vice president of exposition and events, who credited TRA and the TRA Marketplace team.  Sue Trizila, CEO of Wyndham Jade, presented the awards. 

Sue Trizila, CEO of Wyndham Jade, presents award to Andrea Bahr.  Photo credit: (c) The Photo Group 2016TRA Marketplace, which will be in its 80th year in 2017, is the largest foodservice show in the southwest. It rotates annually between Texas metros and will next be held July 9-10 in Dallas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

For decades, the show has dazzled visitors with stunning and interactive displays, state-of-the-science products and equipment, and the latest news, trends and advice from dynamic industry leaders. Over 500 exhibitors participate, showcasing everything from artisan food products and craft beverages to linens, mobile technology, security, kitchen equipment, supplies and even food truck displays. The show attracts thousands of people each year.

Richie Jackson, CEO of Texas Restaurant Association credits Bahr and the entire TRA Marketplace team, as well as dynamic exhibitors. “We have a stellar, hardworking team in place and truly exceptional exhibitors,” he says. “Our exhibitors invest a great deal into our show and many have been doing so for decades. Each year they turn up with fresh ideas and creative booths that are valuable and engaging. We’re extremely proud of everyone involved and look forward to continued growth.”

New to this year’s show was the TRA Marketplace app, which allowed attendees and exhibitors to navigate the show with ease, stay on top of seminar schedules, quickly find vendors and services and even vote on top products.

Just last month TRA Marketplace also launched a new website which is interactive, mobile responsive and easier to navigate. For more information, to exhibit or to become a sponsor, visit

Photo credit: (c) The Photo Group 2016






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