FAQs

General FAQs

When and where is the event held?
Sunday, November 15 – Tuesday, November 17, 2020

  • ​9 am - 5 pm, Sunday - Monday
  • 9 am - 3 pm Tuesday

Roland E. Powell Convention Center 
4001 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD 21842


Why Should I attend Ocean City Resort Gift Expo?
The Ocean City Resort Gift Expo is the northeast’s largest souvenir and resort trade event with retailers from Maine to Virginia Beach. Attendees can shop the best-selling brands and new discoveries for all price points. Plus, unbeatable travel savings include free parking, discounted hotel rates and on-site buyer amenities.

If this is your first time attending, click here for some helpful tips.

 

What types of products are being shown?
Coastal and resort retailers from Maine to Virginia Beach will find more than 450 booths filled with every product category including resort, gifts, souvenirs, novelties, nautical/coastal items, licensed products, beachwear, general gift and much more!
 

Who is exhibiting?
Click here for a sneak peek of exhibiting companies you'll see at the upcoming show.
*2020 Information Coming Soon!
 

What special events will take place?
Click here to see the special events taking place at the upcoming show
*2020 Information Coming Soon!
 

How can I rent a scooter/wheelchair?
There are a limited number of wheelchairs for use. Contact Lisa Meyer at 800.318.2238, ext 0346 to inquire about availability and to reserve. Scooters may be rented from Barb's Buggy at 866-442-8449 or IT Mobility at 800-576-4323.

Will food be available during the show?
Yes, concessions are available on-site.
 

How can I receive a directory?
Printed show directories are provided to registered buyers on-site at the event. Otherwise you can click here to see our exhibitor listings before or after the show.

Do you have information on how COVID-19/Coronavirus is affecting industry events:
Our events are continuing as scheduled. Please read more here for answers to questions relating specifically to COVID-19 including health and safety measures being implemented at the show.
 
In addition, visit the Clarion Events website for more information on our complete portfolio of events.

 

Registration FAQs

How do I register?
Registration will open in May 2020. It is recommended you register online before the show so you can receive updates and important news about the show and save time on-site.

What is the registration deadline?
While there is no deadline to register, you are encouraged to pre-register ahead of time.
 

What are the On-Site Buyer Registration and Badge Pick-Up Hours?

  • Sunday – Monday: 8:00 am – 4 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00 am – 2 pm
     

What are the Qualifications to Attend?
The Ocean City Resort Gift Expo is open to the trade only. To maintain the professional environment of the show, children under the age of 14 years and strollers are strongly discouraged.

New /first-time attendees should be prepared to present the following along with your express badge to gain admission to the show: 1 form of personal ID and 2 forms of business ID, which can include copy of business license, sales tax id number, payroll stub, company check, company credit card, vendor invoice, business card, letterhead or other printed collateral with company name. (Please note: 1 form of personal ID and 1 form of business ID is required for each additional employee.)
The photography of any exhibit is expressly prohibited without the written consent of the exhibitor.

 

What is the Cost to Attend?
The Ocean City Resort Gift Expo is open to the trade only. Admission is free to qualified retailers.
 

Do you Mail the Badges?
Badges are not mailed. Pre-registrations will receive a confirmation letter with their barcode via email. Simply bring it to the show, scan it with our onsite readers and print out your badge quickly and easily! 
 

Travel FAQs

What is the Address for the Roland E. Powell Convention Center?
4001 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD 21842 

 

How Can I Book my Hotel?
Our official housing partner, Connections, works to negotiate travel discounts and reduced-rate hotel rooms to make your trip affordable. For hotel information, click here.

BUYER BEWARE!  Connections Housing is the only approved, official housing vendor for the Ocean City Gift Show. We understand that unauthorized housing companies may be contacting you advertising cheaper rates and may imply or claim an affiliation with the show or Urban Expositions. Unfortunately, some past attendees and exhibitors have fallen prey to these companies and they have either: lost significant deposits, been relocated with little or no warning, have not had the guest rooms they thought they had booked, or have not received reservations at the hotel they had thought were confirmed. So be sure to book your room through Connections Housing!

 

Is There Parking at the Event and How Much Is It?
Yes, there is FREE parking at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center
 

What is the Best Airport to Fly In To?
Salisbury/ Ocean City Regional Airport

Exhibitor FAQs

How can I exhibit at the Ocean City Resort Gift Expo?
For more information on becoming an exhibitor and to download the show prospectus with pricing, click here. You can also contact Christina Bell at christina.bell@clarionevents.com.

What is included in my booth package?
8’ side and back drapes, one undraped table, chairs, one wastebasket and one outlet per booth with 500 watts of electricity. The ballroom is carpeted exhibit space.

What opportunities are available for promoting my company?
Our goal is to find the best ways to put you in touch with your audience and to help grow your business. We’ve developed several sponsorship and promotional opportunities that will enhance your presence at the show. Click here to learn more.

How do I register my booth personnel?
Exhibitor registration will open in May 2020 and can be accessed in the exhibitor login portal.