The National Restaurant Association Trade Show Starts on May 5, 2012 – NRA Chicago
It is not too late to make your plans to attend the annual National Restaurant Association Trade Show in Chicago. The 2012 edition of one of the world’s biggest industry events will take place from May 5-May 8, 2012 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. With the big event less than 2 weeks away, anyone who wants to be part of this year’s experience should act now. Hurry up and book your accommodations as the Chicago area hotels will be filling up fast.
The National Restaurant Association was founded in 1919. The organization represents some 925,000 restaurant and food service outlets who employ more than 12 million people. The show is not open to the general public. Each year it attracts well over 50,000 industry professionals from every state and more than 100 foreign countries. In attendance are sellers and buyers from all segments of the industry.
The show provides a central meeting place where new products are introduced, new trends are discussed and everyone has a chance to network with other industry professionals. This year, on Sunday, May 6 the show will have a special guest when former President Bill Clinton delivers the Keynote Speech.
Exhibitors representing more than 900 different product categories will have booths and displays showing off their products and services. Categories range from food, beverage and equipment manufacturers to lodging, technology and uniform suppliers.
The show has both a national and international theme. There will be various pavilions set up where attendees can sample both all American food as well as international cuisine from places as far away as Japan and China.
Hotel management companies in Chicago will be among the interested parties in attendance. They will be able to attend some of the more than 70 different education sessions and learn about everything from how to set up a great breakfast buffet to the advantages of having an onsite full service restaurant.
Buyers representing hotels, casinos, cruise lines and universities will join buyers in the fast food, casual dining, family dining and fine dining segments. The interaction between the vendors and the decision makers who buy the products and services helps build lasting relationships that benefit all parties.
Whether you are a hospitality management company looking to learn the latest technology to help manage your food service operation or one of the hotel management companies in Chicago who wants to renovate their breakfast buffet, the Chicago National Restaurant Association Trade Show is sure to have the products and information you need.