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Restaurant Association of Maryland cancels annual expo

The Restaurant Association of Maryland has decided to discontinue the 52-year-old Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage and Lodging Expo, which was to be held in Baltimore in October.

“Fewer exhibitors, dwindling attendance and lack of sponsors all resulted in the show no longer being self-funding,” RAM president and chief executive Marshall Weston, Jr., said in a statement.

About 2,000 people attended the show at the Baltimore Convention Center last year.

Weston also said restaurants were changing the way they did business and that RAM’s members would benefit more by not focusing on a single annual event.

A RAM spokeswoman said the association’s board of directors voted to discontinue the show, and that its marketing and value committee was currently determining new ways to serve RAM’s approximately 2,000 members.

RAM is holding an open house on Oct. 3 at its Columbia, Md., headquarters along with a marketing seminar on driving business and retaining customers.

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