International Attendees

A truly global marketplace for an increasingly global industry.
This is the one place to meet, experience, learn, and discover the best that the international restaurant and foodservice industry has to offer.
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Cheers to 100 years

For 100 years, the National Restaurant Association Show has kept you informed about international culinary trends, the latest equipment, and the newest technology.

Join us when we toast our history at our Saturday evening industry celebration, which is shaping up to be the party of the century. We’ll also be marking our centennial anniversary throughout the Show with special events, education, and other festivities. We look forward to celebrating with you as together we discover what’s next for our industry.

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What You'll Find at the Restaurant Show

The National Restaurant Association Show is your annual destination for trends, inspiration, insight, sourcing, networking, and community.

Visit three exhibit halls spanning more than 715,000 square feet, discover 900+ product categories featured by 2,300+ exhibitors from around the world.

Sample, peak, and preview the top culinary trends, latest equipment, and the newest technology throughout the Show floor including:


Taste enticing international ingredients, curated in this dedicated area.


Discover artisan products and demos by Italian chefs.


Get expert back-of-house insights during KI Fireside Chats.


Discover futuristic back-of-house technologies like robotics and foodservice pick-up lockers.


Glimpse what’s next in SuperSession: The Future of Restaurants.


Watch internationally renowned chefs bring culinary trends to life.


Explore the best of U.S. food products available for export.


Find the trendiest, tastiest, and most marketable ingredients.


Hear expert insights on things like trends shaping the future of the industry, what’s next in convenience, and best practices in guest experiences.

Build Powerful Connections & Strong Relationships

Networking opportunities at the Restaurant Show connect you with buyers who face similar challenges, from whom you can learn, and with whom you can share knowledge. Plus, you can establish connections with suppliers from more than 110 countries and socialize on the Show floor or at one of our after-hour events.

Special Services for International Guests

To help you make the most of your trip to Chicago, the Restaurant Show offers assistance to international guests before and during the Show.

Support Before the Show
International Buyer Program

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program recruits thousands of qualified foreign buyers, sales representatives, and business partners to U.S. trade shows each year to expand business globally.

Traveling to the Show with an official International Buyer Program delegation allows you to take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Complimentary registration for the National Restaurant Association Show
  • Access to the International Trade Center
  • International Reception

Learn more at trade.gov and export.gov or contact your local representative in order to learn more about joining a group.

Regional Travel Partners

Get help planning your international trip with our regional travel partners.

U.S. Commercial Service

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On-Site SupportInternational Trade Center

During the Show, our International Trade Center provides a dedicated location for U.S. exporters and international buyers to connect. Take advantage of services designed to enhance your Restaurant Show experience:

  • International buyer program
  • International reception
  • Interpreter services
  • Interpreter services are available for business to business needs. Please fill out form to hire an interpreter.
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  • Private meeting rooms
  • Dedicated lounge area
International Reception

Connect with colleagues from around the world at the International Reception, which brings together key trade executives, exhibiting companies interested in expanding their operations, and people who matter most to your business. All international registrants are welcome. Please note you will need your Show badge to attend the International Reception.

Obtaining a Visa

  • Overview
  • Visa Waiver Program
  • Application Process
  • Obtain Letter of Invitation
  • Resources and Links


Applying for a United States visa can be a lengthy process, and while we have no influence or role in the approval or denial of visas, we want to help make the process as quick and hassle-free as possible.

We recommend beginning the application process three to four months before travel in order to maximize your chances of gaining admittance into the U.S. to attend the Restaurant Show.

Visa Waiver Program

The United States Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows eligible citizens of 38 participating countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for a period of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

VWP travelers are required to have a valid authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to travel. An approved ESTA is required to enter the United States and is generally valid for two years, or until the passport expires, and allows multiple entries into the U.S. VWP travelers are screened at the port of entry into the United States, and are enrolled in the Department of Homeland Security's US-VISIT program.

FAQs about admission and entry to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program can be found on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.

Application Process

When applying for a visa to enter the United States, it is highly recommended that travelers apply early to allow enough time for the screening processes at their local U.S. Embassy. Consular Services suggests travelers begin the visa application process at least three to four months before the date of travel; however, it is also recommended that travelers contact the Consular Services of their local embassy to find out how long the wait is for an interview.

Obtain a Letter of Invitation

Acquiring a letter of invitation from the National Restaurant Association is a good idea. The letter of invitation should be presented to the consular officer during the visa interview as a supporting document. The National Restaurant Association cannot assist you with the interview process, nor can anyone representing the Association call the embassy or consulate on your behalf to provide support granting a visa.

If you are denied a U.S. visitor visa, you may reapply if there is new evidence to overcome the basis for the refusal. In the absence of new evidence, consular officers are not required to re-examine such cases.

Updated Letter of invitation for the 2020 show will be available in the Fall.

Resources and Links

Want to find more information on traveling to the United States? Use any of the links below to search for more information on the process of obtaining a visa.

Please note: The National Restaurant Association does not officially endorse these sites and cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.

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