Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcomes global event organizer Hannover Fairs USA to the city this week in support of the company's American headquarter relocation.
The new office located at 8755 W. Higgins Rd., will bring 10-15 full-time employees from its prior location to expand the company's tourism and convention industry.
"I am completely committed to the growth of this critical industry, and attracting as many conventions and visitors as possible," said Mayor Emanuel. "This industry employs tens of thousands of people and contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to our economy, and I am pleased to see its continued growth."
Chicago's convention status, talent base, and access to U.S. and world markets make the city a prosperous location for Hannover Fairs' business.
"By relocating our office to Chicago from the Northeast, we are closer to our customers and partners," said Larry Turner, President and CEO of Hannover Fairs. "Many of our North American industrial event exhibitors and attendees are located in the upper Midwest so relocating to Chicago was a logical step to better serve our constituents. Chicago also provides an extremely supportive business community that embraces mid-market businesses and the development of long-term business relationships."
Hannover Fairs' relocation contributes to Mayor Emaul's "Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs" to accelerate growth in the Chicagoland region.
"This is welcome news for Chicago's visitor industry," said Don Welsh, President and CEO of Choose Chicago. "Increasing business and leisure travel to Chicago is a central component of Mayor Emanuel’s economic development strategy and one that I’m happy to report is delivering positive results, especially from overseas markets. We are seeing great traction out of Germany now that we have representation in the market. Chicago offers the infrastructure that is critical for successful and impactful events — central location, skilled labor, diverse hotel inventory, and unmatched dining, culture and entertainment."