Moving Forward: NAMA Team Continues To Plan Confidently For The Show

March 4, 2020
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MARCH 4, 2020— Today, NAMA reaffirms with confidence that the 2020 NAMA Show will take place, as scheduled, May 6 – 8 in Nashville. 

In answer to exhibitors and attendees who have asked, given the media attention regarding the coronavirus (Covid-19) and the devastating tornados in Nashville, if the NAMA Show is moving ahead, the answer is a resounding “Yes,” according to Lindsey Nelson, NAMA’s Vice President of Programs and Services. 

“At nine weeks out from the show, attendance is at a 27% increase (300+ attendees) over 2019 and the exhibit hall has sold over 83,000 square feet.  Furthermore, the hotel room block has already sold out once and has been expanded to accommodate the influx of interest in this year’s event,” said Nelson.

“Clearly the NAMA Show remains the premier venue for driving business growth in the convenience services industry.  NAMA is committed to ensuring a safe and exciting event for all of our exhibitors and attendees,” she continued. 

“That said, NAMA continues to monitor news coverage throughout the day, every day, to ensure that any actions taken are consistent with recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local government agencies.”

"The damage related to tornados that struck downtown Nashville and surrounding areas this week has not significantly impacted Music City Center, according to Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.

“While the full extent of the damage is still being assessed, NAMA has received word that the Music City Center and host hotels should not realize any disruption,” said Nelson. 

“NAMA thanks show exhibitors and attendees for their resolve to ensuring this the best NAMA Show yet, and we will continue to provide updates moving forward.”

NAMA has provided FAQs with more information, which can be seen below.  Any additional questions relating to the coronavirus should be directed to

About NAMA

Founded in 1936, NAMA is the association representing the $26 billion U.S. convenience services industry.  With nearly 1,000-member companies – including manf the world’s most recognized brands – NAMA provides advocacy, education and research for its membership. Visit NAMA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


March 4, 2020

Is the 2020 NAMA Show still on?

Yes, this year’s record-breaking event is proceeding ahead as planned. We look forward to seeing you there.

May anyone attend The NAMA Show or are there restrictions?

All persons cleared by the U.S. federal government to be in the country, and not in quarantine, are welcome at The NAMA Show.

Are exhibitors or attendees cancelling due to the coronavirus outbreak?

NAMA has received cancellations from exhibitors and attendees from China and other parts of Asia, due to the travel bans and prevalence of the outbreak in that part of the world. To date, these cancellations have not been widespread and represent less than 2% of exhibitors and 2% of the total attendee count.

I am concerned about traveling to Nashville. Can I get a refund on my registration fee?

If you are from a country with an official, government-mandated travel restriction, yes, NAMA will refund your registration fee. Otherwise, NAMA’s standard Cancellation Policy remains in effect.

Is the NAMA taking any special measures to help provide a safe and healthy environment for attendees?

Yes. NAMA, the Music City Center and its hotel and event partners are working to implement several measures to enhance the health and safety of attendees while at the event. Ideas being explored: hand sanitizer stations, tips and reminders about good hygiene and food sampling best practices.

What I can do to protect myself from contagion at the event?

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. You can find them on the CDC website. You will also find protective measures on the WHO website.

Where can I read more about coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Here are some expert resources:

World Health Organization · Advice For the Public

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention · Landing page (includes multiple links)


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