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2012 NRA SHOW SHIFTS TO EARLIER DATE: MAY 5-8

Check your plane tickets and update your hotel reservations: The National Restaurant Association has moved the date of next May’s show in Chicago.

The 2012 NRA Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show was originally scheduled for May 19-22 but will now be held May 5-8 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The concurrent International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event will move to May 6-7.

The association moved up the show dates to avoid overlap with the global G8 and NATO summits set for May 15-22, 2012, in Chicago.  “The NRA’s primary goal is provide our exhibitors and attendees an environment that is conducive to business,” said NRA Pres. and CEO Dawn Sweeney. According to Sweeney, security and logistics issues, not to mention demand for hotel rooms, for those attending the G8 and NATO summits made it clear that movement within the city would be severely restricted. New dates were negotiated with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority.

The NRA Show, which attracts more than 58,000 foodservice professionals each year, has been held in Chicago for 51 years; it is contracted to remain at McCormick Place through `16. Negotiations are ongoing with the exhibit hall’s labor unions to cut down on exhibitor expenses.

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