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NRA Show 2009 remains pertinent to industry leaders and professionals
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THERE is no stopping this year’s National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show (NRA Show 2009). Not even the Influenza A (H1N1) outbreak nor the still dismal economic climate. The recently-held 90th edition of the annual trade event continued to bring exhibitors and attendees from across the globe to McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to meet and discuss key issues in the industry.

About 54,000 restaurant and hospitality professionals hailing from across the US and more than 100 countries worldwide showed up ready to make “hard decisions” in the face of recession, said Greg Kirrish, NRA’s vice-president of sales and marketing. “People coming here are looking for solutions. So, there are no ‘tyre-kickers’. Dozens of exhibitors are already saying on the first morning that they’ve paid for their investment to show,” he maintained.

“This has been a very difficult year, from the economy aspect and with the H1N1 scare, so we didn’t know what was going to [happen] and I’m elated … at the energy on the show floor,” Kirrish said, adding that this year’s show experienced an “unprecedented rush of late registrations” in last-minute decisions.

It is a matter of perspective, he said, asserting that the weak economy was precisely the reason “these buyers attending the show are very serious — they are looking for decisions ... to spend money on solutions to their problems”.

Around 1,800 exhibitors displayed their products and services for the restaurant, food-service and hospitality industry. Among them were a number of first-timers.


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2009 June Stories:

Strategic planning in this crisis - Part 2: Scenario analysis may be the key — implications for Asian retailers

Indonesian central bank paves way for smart cards

FHM 2009 set to whet appetites in hospitality and food-service industries

NRA Show 2009 remains pertinent to industry leaders and professionals

Singapore explores interoperability

Technology weaning consumers off cash in Thailand

Are the benefits worth the investment in the Philippines?

Card popularity soaring in Malaysia

Benefits not without set-backs in India

Manthan Systems - Actionable BI solutions a boon to retailers

FMCG and the recession – how are consumers of food and drink products responding?

Handyman braves slowdown to open more stores

Wendy’s takes a bite of Singapore via Kopitiam

Lim Siang Huat taps on Oracle E-Business Suite to enhance operations

eBay takes majority stake in South Korea’s Gmarket

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