2008 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show

The National Restaurant Association announced today that its 2008 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show has attracted nearly 2, 200 exhibiting companies and that exhibit space is officially sold out for the third year in a row. The 2008 Show, to be held May 17-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, will feature more than 605,000 square feet of exhibit space, which was expanded from last year by reconfiguring the exhibit floor.

NRA Show 2008 is expected to draw more than 70,000 restaurant-and-hospitality industry professionals from 115 countries to explore the hottest trends—from food and beverages to eco-friendly equipment and cutting edge technology—as well as capitalize on the best opportunity of the year to network, learn from leading experts and meet celebrity chefs and restaurateurs.

"It is more important than ever for restaurant operators to stay up-to-date with the latest cost-management strategies, equipment and menu trends and foodservice technology to battle increasing economic challenges, " said William C. Anton, FMP, convention chairman for the 2007 Show, and chairman and founder of Anton Airfood, Inc.

"The NRA Show offers more opportunities than any other event and this is clearly reflected in our exhibit space selling out for the third consecutive year. Our exhibitors know that the health of the $558 billion restaurant industry is tied to their own, and that our Show is the best place to find opportunities and to help boost the vitality of the restaurant community."

NRA Show 2008 features include 65+ free education sessions on key industry issues, culinary showcases with leading chefs from around the world, celebrity book signings, and much more. The new International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event (IWSB), launching this year, focuses on beverage alcohol products, trends, profitability and responsibility in an industry-first professional environment. Attendee registration for the NRA Show and IWSB is still open online at and and onsite during the Show.

Now in its 89th year, the annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the largest single gathering of restaurant, foodservice and lodging professionals in the Western Hemisphere. The 2008 Show will be held May 17-20, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. The Show attracts 2, 000+ exhibiting companies and 70,000 attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 115 countries.

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