Chicago Department of Aviation and Choose Chicago Take On World Routes Event

As a successful World Routes event in Las Vegas draws to a close Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport have officially handed the event over to the City of Chicago Department of Aviation and Choose Chicago, the city's tourism organization for the 2014 event.

Speaking at the 19th World Route Development Forum in Las Vegas Rosemarie S. Andolino, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) said: "On behalf of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, we are thrilled that Chicago was selected to serve as the host city for the 20th World Route Development Forum in September 2014. The Forum will provide us with the unique and significant opportunity to showcase Chicago's O'Hare and Midway International Airports to airline executives in charge of planning service to new destinations."

"Tourism is a vital, essential part of Chicago's economic strategy," added Don Welsh, Choose Chicago President and CEO. "Hosting the World Routes 2014 conference is an important component of our aggressive strategy underway to achieve Mayor Emanuel's goals for increased visitation from across the globe. Working together with the Chicago Department of Aviation, we intend to deliver a successful conference and memorable experience for attendees in Chicago next year."

"We are delighted to be bringing the 20th World Routes to Chicago next year, the North American Market is strategically important to UBM, not only due to its beautiful city and state-of-the-art meeting facilities but also due to its excellent central location within the region. This will enable World Routes 2014 to have an increased attendance from North America and will ensure attendance from all other worldwide markets because of the global flight accessibility that Chicago's airports offer. "Adrian Newton, Group Director, Transport and Technology, UBM Live.

2014 will see World Routes return to the US for the second year in a row after this year's event which was the first time any Routes event had taken place in the country. The 20th anniversary event will be held at McCormick Place, the largest convention facility in the Western Hemisphere. With the most diverse economy in the United States, and home to several of the aviation industry's leading companies, Chicago makes the perfect home for the 20th World Route Development Forum.

About Routes

  • Routes organizes world-renowned airline and airport networking events through its regional and global Route Development Forums. Each year, there is one global event and one regional event in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and CIS respectively.
  • Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK-based ASM Ltd., a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports.
  • Routes and ASM were acquired by UBM Aviation Worldwide Ltd in August 2010. From 1st August 2012 Routes, ASM and the Airport Cities Conference and Exhibition become part of the UBM Live division of UBM plc.
  • UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets. Through premiere brands such as MD&M, CPhI, IFSEC, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show, the Routes portfolio of events, Airport Cities and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.