The National Restaurant Association has decided to move up the NRA show 2012
to avoid overlap with the Global G8 and NATO Summit. Those events are set for May 15 through 22, 2012.
The 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show was originally scheduled for May 19-22 but will now be in Chicago May 5-8, 2012. The concurrent International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event will move to May 6 and 7.
“The NRA’s primary goal is provide our exhibitors and attendees an environment that is conducive to business,” said NRA 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 that the G8 and NATO Summit security and logistics requirements 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 give the industry the best opportunity for a productive and enjoyable Show.” Sweeney said.