Expo workshops are free to any ticketed attendee of the trade show. We do not require or take reservations for the workshop sessions. Simply stop by the workshop venue (located at the far end of the concourse - see lower left corner of exhibit hall map) of the session you'd like to attend.

Times to be determined

Compliance in Transition - An overview of the new minimum wage and overtime requirements.

This presentation will provide guidance on the use of a “tip credit” and who
qualifies as a “service worker.” We will review the current status of the
overtime regulations on both federal and state levels and how Maine’s new
state minimum wage increase directly impacts overtime requirements for both
salaried and tip receiving workers. This presentation will also provide an
analysis of overtime and exemption issues based on both Maine and federal
law, their key differences, and priority items for compliance.

Presented by: Pamela D. Megathlin
Bureau Director
Maine Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Standards



Online Reputation Starts with You:

A study by Phocuswright found over 80% of travelers say reviews impact their decision on
where to stay and 64% of travelers read reviews to determine where to eat. Needless to
say your online reputation is the most critical way to attract and sell your business to
potential customers. During this Online Reputation Management seminar, Matt Cool will
cover key topics such as implementing an effective reputation management strategy and
leveraging positive and negative reviews. Matt will discuss the benefits to responding to
guests reviews. How reviews can impact ADR and occupancy levels. In addition Matt will
cover the latest trends in online travel and discuss available reputation management tools
and resources. He will share tips on how to make your digital presence more SEO friendly
and provide case studies and success stories of businesses who have improved their
online reputation. Finally, Matt will happily answer questions from attendees.

Presented by: Matt Cool. Matt is a seasoned online travel professional and a former TripAdvisor employee. At TripAdvisor he was responsible for managing strategic travel partnerships and sold digital advertising programs to independent hotels.

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Show Logistics

Show Date & Time:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
10 am - 4 pm

Exhibitor Set-Up:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Assigned times: 10 am - 5 pm

Show Venue:

Cross Insurance Arena One Civic Center Square Portland, Maine What types of companies exhibit? Those that sell goods and/or services to Maine's hospitality-based businesses who know that the Expo represents the biggest bang-for-the buck marketing opportunity of the year.

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About the Expo

The Maine Restaurant & Lodging Expo is the premier business-to-business trade show for Maine's premier industry - hospitality!

More than 120 exhibiting companies engage with hundreds of restaurant and lodging professionals in the most efficient and effective marketing event of the year.

Who may attend the Expo?

Owners and employees of licensed food service and lodging establishments are invited to attend the Expo to find inspiration, education and resources for their every business need.

Due to strict insurance regulations, no one under the age of 18 will be admitted to the show.

What types of companies exhibit?

Those that sell goods and/or services to hospitality-based business who know that the Expo represents the biggest bang-for-the-buck marketing opportunity of the year.