GASC: Graph Expo More Exhibitor Friendly

* New pricing plans for food service. A 10 percent price reduction will be implemented for all catering and exhibitor catering menu items, with additional reductions going toward coffee, soda and bottled water. The previous policy of delivery charges on orders of less than $250 will be replaced by no delivery fee for a minimum $35 order. Pricing for purchases from all non-branded food outlets will be reduced by 20 percent. Finally, exhibitors will now be able to bring their own food and beverages into McCormick Place for personal consumption.

“For years, GASC has worked on behalf of our exhibitor companies and attendees to support efforts that would make exhibiting and attending Graph Expo less costly and more hassle-free,” says Ralph Nappi, president of GASC. “Though Chicago, with its history as a printing town and its geographically central location, had always been an ideal city in which to hold Graph Expo, the old rules at McCormick Place had consistently placed undue hardship on our exhibitors and attendees. The passing of this historic legislation, and the action taken by McCormick Place to enact many of the legislated changes ahead of Graph Expo 2010, is a real win for the entire graphic communications industry.”

The McCormick Place bill was passed with overwhelming support by both houses of the Illinois General Assembly and was subsequently signed into law by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. The legislation will allow Chicago to compete more effectively for exhibition business against rival cities such as Las Vegas and Orlando.