They say the first step to fixing a problem is to acknowledge it exists. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley took a big step in that direction on Tuesday, when he told reporters why McCormick Place is losing business, including the 2012 and 2015 NPE trade shows. Asked if the convention center is gouging exhibitors, Daley said: "Yes, gouging. ... You have to get away from gouging people. If you gouge `em, they're not gonna come back, to be very frank." The Chicago Sun-Times also reported that Daley blamed trade show managers and the McCormick Place unions for the convention center's spate of recent defections, which started with SPI's decision to move NPE to Orlando, Fla.
"If someone works for $50- or $70-an-hour, it shouldn't cost [exhibitors] $100" to put up a booth, the mayor told reporters. "There's ... trade show managers, McCormick Place and the unions. It's a combination of the three. ... It's both a McPier and show manager issue" as well.I think some Plastics Blog readers know a thing or two about gouging at McCormick Place.