Mayor Richard M. Daley today welcomed to Chicago the National Restaurant Association’s “NRA Show 2010,” which runs from today through May 25 at McCormick Place.
“Our City has a long and happy association with this show. We’re grateful that you are here this year and hope you will return many times in the future,” Daley said at opening ceremonies.
The Mayor said that in the City’s planning to secure Chicago’s economic future and to make Chicago the most competitive destination for new businesses and new jobs in the world, the hospitality industry plays a key role. The travel and tourism and hospitality industry supports 132,000 jobs in the Chicago economy.
“We have redesigned our workforce training programs to focus on expanding Chicago's role in the sectors of the economy that will provide the jobs of the future – and hospitality is one of those,” Daley said.
The Mayor said that hosting NRA Show 2010 this year gives Chicago the opportunity to tell its story to the leaders of this industry.
“And attracting this meeting this year is also important because of the critical role conventions and tourism play in the economic health of Chicago. We understand that we must restore Chicago's competitive edge in the global convention and tourism marketplace and we are taking steps to do just that,” Daley said.
The Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau estimates show attendance at around 54,000, generating about $87 million for Chicago’s economy.
“Having NRA Show 2010 here this year sends a very positive message around the country that Chicago remains the nation’s premier convention and meeting destination,” the Mayor said.
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