CHICAGO -- The National Automatic Merchandising Association's OneShow will move to Las Vegas for its 2012 run. It's set for April 25-27 at the Venetian Hotel and adjacent Sands Expo and Convention Center.
Chicago-based NAMA combined its long-running national, held in the fall, and spring expositions into the single trade show in 2010. For the first two years, the nation's largest vending and office coffee service convention was held at Chicago's McCormick Place.
The 2012 confab in Las Vegas will come on the heels of the first full year since NAMA launched its Industry Growth Strategy. The vending association will share the results of its efforts to date, including the high-profile Gratitude Tour vending road show, which stopped in seven cities this fall, and its Vend.Love.Win. Facebook campaign that launched last summer.
NAMA officials also will unveil future plans for the wide-reaching IGS initiative primarily aimed at building upon Generation Y's already strong affinity for using vending machines.
OneShow organizers are expecting more than 230 exhibitors at the Las Vegas show. They are planning a lineup of educational sessions, legislative updates, networking opportunities and entertainment, the details of which will be announced as they are finalized.
Also at the show, representatives from the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Justice and the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing will again be invited to attend and share their knowledge and guidance with NAMA members. Final rules on calorie disclosure and the Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility requirements should be in place when the OneShow opens in late April, and legislative and regulatory experts will share guidelines on compliance. Timely updates on coins and banknotes, including paper currency redesign plans and how those plans may affect operators' businesses, will also likely be covered.
Attendance in 2011 was up more than 11% over 2010, which was higher than the two separate 2009 NAMA shows combined, according to LyNae Schleyer, senior director of NAMA's OneShow. She said NAMA is forecasting another increase in attendance for 2012.
The OneShow 2012 early-bird registration rate for NAMA members is $79 through Feb. 15.