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The National Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show (NRA Show)

Venue: Chicago, IL

Date: May 17-20, 2014

The four-day National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show (NRA Show) brings together 2,000 exhibiting organizations for its showcase of products, services, information, and contacts needed by foodservice and hospitality operators to improve their businesses. In addition to the array of exhibitors, over 90 (2013) education sessions presented by world-class experts, culinary demonstrations and competitions presented by premier chefs and restaurateurs, keynote addresses by internationally recognized leaders, and other features and programs are all available for free to registered attendees. .

The NRA Show will also be the venue for the two-day International Wine Spirits & Beer Event (IWSB), showcasing many of the world’s most exciting vintners, distillers and brewers. The full range of food and beverage products, equipment, technology, and services aimed at the restaurant and lodging industries are represented at the NRA show.

Seminars: The NRA Show is scheduled to again include more than 70 educational programs covering a wide range of topics ranging from food security, recruitment, retention, reinvigorating an established restaurant, supplier certification & evaluation, effective marketing, service excellence, leadership, motivation, overcoming training language barriers, managing in real time, technology and training, e-purchasing, labor management, handheld POS systems, and more.

Exhibitors: 1,938 (2013)

Industries: There are over 900 different product categories directly related to the restaurant/foodservice/lodging industries represented at the NRA Show including, but not limited to, equipment, food, non-alcoholic & alcoholic beverages, furniture, furnishings, paper, plastics, supplies, services, tableware, linens, technology, entertainment, and uniforms

Target Buyers: Professionals involved in buying or influencing purchasing decisions including, corporate executives, owners/operators, chefs, franchisees, managers and purchasing agents of foodservice, bar managers, sommeliers, hotel/motel operations, cruise lines, airlines/commissary, entertainment/concessions, military, health care, and contract foodservice.

Benefits for IBP Attendees registering through the U.S. Commercial Service

  • Complimentary registration.
  • Complimentary networking reception.
  • Airfare and hotel discounts.
  • Possible technical field trips (please inquire).

Contact: Amanda Ayvaz, Amanda.Ayvaz@trade.gov, (202) 482-0338 or email Nicola Hale at nicola.hale@trade.gov