The National Restaurant Association today announced that attendee registration for its 2013 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event (IWSB) is now open. A special “early bird” online-only discount – up to 60 percent savings – is available for restaurant and hospitality industry professionals who register on or before November 16, 2012. Members of the National Restaurant Association receive complimentary registration for the NRA Show and a member-only rate for IWSB.
New this year, registered attendees will be entered in drawings for a $150 American Express ® Gift Card prize each Friday between September 4 and October 26. The earlier an attendee registers, the more chances to win. For full sweepstakes rules, visit Restaurant.org/Show.
NRA Show 2013 will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, May 18-21, 2013. The event is the restaurant and hospitality industry’s premier trade show and an opportunity to gain inspiration from renowned experts, innovative suppliers, celebrated chefs and tens of thousands of industry professionals.
The co-located IWSB 2013 will take place May 19-20, and is the only beverage alcohol event exclusively focused on growing restaurant and hospitality bar programs. Now in its sixth year, the hugely successful IWSB features hundreds of established and emerging alcohol brands and labels and influential beverage alcohol buyers.
“Success in the restaurant and foodservice industry is dependent upon a thoughtful and strategic business plan. NRA Show 2013 provides attendees unmatched opportunity to discover innovative equipment and supplies, as well as the latest technology, services and ideas that streamline operations and engage customers,” said Mary Pat Heftman, Executive Vice President of Convention for the National Restaurant Association. “By registering early, attendees are able to take advantage of special pricing as well as the opportunity to win prizes through our weekly sweepstakes.”
“NRA Show 2013 will build upon the success of the 2012 Show, which posted strong growth in both attendee and exhibitor numbers, and provided attendees with a sold-out exhibit floor of over 1,900 suppliers offering a range of new products and services,” Heftman added. “We are bringing back all the excitement of our popular celebrity chef culinary demonstrations, learning opportunities and insight into the hottest trends, as well as some brand new features and events.”
Through November 16, 2012, registration for the NRA Show is only $39, and IWSB registration is $89. Between November 17, 2012, and April 5, 2013, NRA Show registration is $49 and IWSB registration is $109. After April 5, registration fees are $99 for the NRA Show and $159 for IWSB.
Members of the National Restaurant Association receive complimentary registration for the NRA Show and the exclusive discount rate of $50 for IWSB when registering at any time.
Qualified IWSB attendees will automatically be registered for the NRA Show. However, those registering for the NRA Show must register separately to attend IWSB; separate qualifications, registration and badges are required for IWSB.
Registration for NRA Show 2013 and IWSB 2013 exhibitors and for news media and bloggers will open later this fall.
The annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show brings together more than 61,000 foodservice professionals from all industry segments, all 50 states and more than 100 countries. In addition to finding the newest products and services, attendees will gain access to more than 70 free education sessions, panel discussions and culinary demonstrations led by industry experts. For more information, visit Restaurant.org/Show.
Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 970,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of nearly 13 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry’s largest trade show (NRA Show May 18-21, 2013, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF’s ProStart, including the National ProStart Invitational April 19-21, 2013, in Baltimore, Md.); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids’ menu options. For more information, visit www.restaurant.org and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.