By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief
The National Restaurant Association has moved up the 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show to avoid overlap with the Global G8 and NATO Summit set for May 15-22, 2012 in Chicago.
NRA Show 2012 was originally scheduled for May 19-22, 2012 but will now be May 5-8, 2012 at Chicago's McCormick Place. The co-located International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event will also move to May 6-7.
“The NRA’s primary goal is provide our exhibitors and attendees an environment that is conducive to business,” said National Restaurant Association President and CEO Dawn Sweeney.
Sweeney said discussions with the Chicago Mayor’s Office, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority made it clear the security and logistics requirements for the G8 and NATO Summit will significantly restrict movement within the city.
After carefully considering several options, the Association decided to keep NRA Show 2012 in Chicago but move it to earlier in May. "This will provide the best opportunity for our industry to have a productive and enjoyable Show," said Sweeney.
The NRA Show attracts more than 58,000 foodservice professionals from all 50 states and over 100 countries each year, pumps in an estimated $100 million dollars into the local economy and creates more than 60,000 jobs in Chicago to support the Show. The NRA Show has been in Chicago since 1950 and is contracted to remain in the city through 2016.