3/9/10 – IMTS commits to Chicago until 2016
3 September 2010
Reformed legislation around conventions in Chicago and Illinois has encouraged The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) to stay put at McCormick Place for 2012, 2014 and 2016.
Chicago’s Mayor Daley said that the technology show’s loyalty was evidence that the reform legislation has had a “profound and positive” impact on the city, making Chicago’s convention industry a competitive arena. During a news conference held at McCormick Place he said, “We’ve taken important steps to reform how we conduct our convention business, but we have to keep our momentum going. We intend to stay the course with these successful efforts and grow Chicago’s convention and tourism industry,”
Peter Eelman, Vice President, Exhibitions and Communications for the Association of Manufacturing Technology (AMT), organizers and sponsors of IMTS confirmed that IMTS re-signed as a direct result of the convention reforms. He said, “We are thrilled to be in Chicago because it is the best place to do business. Never before has that ever been clearer than right now, with the implementation of the historic McCormick Place reforms. The City, State and industry’s commitment to the customer is unparalleled, and we are confident it will ensure our continued success in Chicago.”
IMTS attracts more than 92,000 visitors from every level of industry and more than 116 countries. In addition to IMTS, six other tradeshows have re-committed to host their shows in Chicago. Collectively, this convention business now represents $1.6 Billion in estimated direct expenditures for Chicago and Illinois for future years.