Exhibitor-Friendly Changes at Chicago's McCormick Place in Time for GRAPH EXPO
• New pricing plans for food service. A 10% 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%. 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," explained 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 commuications 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.
Recognized as the commercial printing, publishing, mailing and transactional exposition for the Americas, GRAPH EXPO 2010 themed, "The Next Generation of Print," has been designed to offer a customized show-going experience to a diverse spectrum of attendees. The exhibition will offer the latest graphic communications technologies in live equipment demonstrations across the expansive show floor and education on the most in-demand products and profit-making opportunities. Attendees will find nine special interest sections on the show floor. Along with the debuts of the Digital Document Drive pavilion, a section devoted to needs of print pros who create, manage and deliver transactional documents, and News Print-the newspaper pavilion, these include PackPrint, covering package printing; Future Print, featuring two of today's hottest technologies Printed Electronics and RFID; the Mailing & Fulfillment Center, the industry's largest mailing event anywhere in the Americas; the second annual GREENspace, a showcase on sustainability and eco-friendly products and services; the Prepress/Software-Design and Press/Finishing sections; and Education Main Street, for attendees seeking well-educated, talented industry newcomers to augment their company's workforce.