Here on the CHI blog we’ve been keeping you up to date with the discussions surrounding McCormick Place. The bill that has been so wildly debated is now law.
What does this mean? McCormick Place will no longer have exclusivity over many of the services used by its clients. The good news is that it helps keep costs down, and will hopefully revitalize traffic through its great halls! This is no small beans. Conventions and meetings at McCormick generate over $250 million in tax revenue each year, and estimates dictate that attendees spend roughly $8 billion annually in state.
Not only is the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau behind this, but leaership included Governor Quinn, Mayor Daley, House Speaker Madigon, Senate President Cullerton, and more. A bi-partisan effort, this law will hopefully offset some of the financial drains on our state budget.
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Even though the economy is turning around, people are most certainly still watching the bottom line. New business strategies are emerging, even in an establishment as strong as McCormick Place.
Last week, Mayor Daley spoke up about his proposed changes to the operations of the convention center. Instead of being the full-service venue that it is, Daley recommends allowing conventioneers to organize their own food, lights, etc. He proposes that McCormick should only do PR and sales.
Change is good, especially if it attracts business. Who knows if this plan will work? We’ll all have to wait and see.
If you work in the hospitality or visitor industry, you can’t afford to miss the 9th Annual Concierge Preferred Convention & Trade Show at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010. The Show is designed to reinforce relationships between more than 1,500 concierge and event planning professionals, and 300 businesses that cater to Chicago’s visitors. It’s a way for those industry members to get an inside look at the best Chicago has to offer its guests. From engaging speakers to live entertainment, Concierge Preferred is sure to deliver.
The schedule of events from 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. includes a series of seminars called CP BUZZ.
• 1:00 p.m. Green Tourism: Sustainable Business Practices for Success – Moderated by Bianca Alexander, Esq., Conscious Planet Media
• 2:00 p.m. Start A Social Media Revolution for Your Business – Sponsored by Social Media Beast
• 3:00 p.m. Social Media for Concierge & Planners: How to Make Your Job Easier – Sponsored by Social Media Beast
• 4:00 p.m. Live Entertainment Begins – Featuring Fernandez + Kimball, Spanish Guitars
• 5:30 p.m. First Round of NCA Silent Auction Ends (proceeds benefit the National Concierge Association Chicago Chapter Education Fund)
• 6:00 p.m. Second Round of NCA Silent Auction Ends
With an after party at Howl At The Moon available to those who present their badge from the Show, a full day of exciting and educational experiences comes to a close.
To register, click here.