I'm not buying their explanation, nor are a lot of trade show exhibitors.
But the electricians at McCormick Place, Chicago's mega-exhibit hall, are unionized, so I'm curious about how they'll respond from this passage in Tradeshow Week about the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society Annual Conference & Exhibition. It chose to bypass Chicago in 2012 for more labor-friendly Las Vegas.
The fast-growing health care IT show took place in Chicago in April for the first time in the 24-year history of the Chicago-based association event.As someone who worked as a convention service manager at several Chicago hotels, I'm aware of the arguments in favor of having a knowledgeable electrician involved with all electrical hook-ups--and I generally agree with them. Cords do get frayed, especially ones that are constantly being packed and unpacked from cases. I've had several, shall I say, "discussions" with exhibitors who insisted on using two-wire (not compliant with Chicago's electrical code) instead of safer three wire extension cords.
"We wanted a central destination," Malone said. "We knew it would draw well for us, and it did."
The only problem: invoices for electrical services that were four to eight times what exhibitors paid a year earlier in Orlando.
And yes, Chicago's first McCormick Place did burn down to the ground. The cause of the fire is believed to have been a faulty electrical cord.
That being said, how do the apologists explained Orlando having far cheaper costs for electrical services? I have no reason to believe that Orlando's electrical code is much different than Chicago's code.
My answer: In Chicago, it's the electricians' union that is responsible for the radical difference in costs.
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