City Loses Another Convention
By Marcus Gilmer in News on Nov 17, 2009 6:40PM
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"At the end of the day, when I talked to the folks in Chicago, it really came down to one major issue and that's the cost," [SPI President and CEO Bill Carteaux] said. Plastics Showcase officials the organization may save $20 million by moving to Orlando.
Bills for workers at McCormick Place are far higher than those in Orlando, since McCormick Place workers are unionized, while workers at the Orlando's Orange County Convention Center are not.
According to the Tribune, 2009's convention generated spending of $95.3 million, down from $154.7 million in 2006, largely due to a 28 percent drop in attendance. The SPI showcase had held every convention since 1971 in Chicago.