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by Michael C. Lowe | August 01, 2011

The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show dates have been changed to May 5-8, 2012, to resolve a scheduling conflict with the Global G8 and NATO summit. The show still will be held at Chicago's McCormick Place; it was originally scheduled for May 19-22, 2012, the same time as the two major international meetings. "The NRA's primary goal is to provide our exhibitors and attendees an environment that is conducive to business," said Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.  "Discussions with the Chicago mayor's office, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority have made it clear to us that the security and logistics requirements for the G8 and NATO Summit will significantly restrict movement within Chicago during that time. Therefore, after carefully considering a number of options, we've come to the conclusion that keeping the 2012 NRA Show in Chicago but moving it to earlier in May will provide the best opportunity for our industry to have a productive and enjoyable 2012 Show." The co-located International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event also will move up two weeks, now taking place from May 6-7, 2012.