Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Scores 25-percent Exhibitor Uptick for January Show
Last year was a successful one for the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in its first time as part of Design & Construction Week, held in January in Las Vegas and anchored by the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show.
Momentum has continued to build, and this year is tracking to be even stronger, with a 25-percent uptick so far in exhibitors for the show on tap Jan. 20-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
According to show producers, Emerald Expositions, and show owners, the National Kitchen & Bath Association, 500 exhibitors already have signed on, and the North Hall is sold out.
“KBIS 2014 set the tone for future success and we are poised for growth,” said Brian Pagel, VP Kitchen and Bath Group, Emerald Expositions. “The innovation of products and programming continues to drive the health of the show. To date, the North Hall is sold out and we have booked additional space in the South Hall, which is going quickly.”
In collaboration with NAHB, the NKBA is pleased to announce the collocation of two additional design and construction events – the Winter 2015 Las Vegas Market and The International Surface Event – SURFACES and The Tile Expo.
The International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) will also continue its participation. Due to the early adoption of exhibit space, show producers have booked the South Hall – offering an incremental 500,000 square feet of space, branded KBISNeXTTM.
This space will host another one of Emerald Expositions’ shows, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) Pavilion, according to show organizers.
ICFF provides an opportunity to showcase the best of global design and luxury at the premier kitchen and bath event in North America, according to show organizers.
“The explosive growth and resurgence of KBIS has captured the attention of ICFF exhibitors keen on reaching designers, developers and distributors involved with higher-end luxury residential projects,” said Kevin O’Keefe, ICFF Event Director.
He added, “As a nexus of the larger Design & Construction Week, KBIS is the ideal platform for an ICFF feature pavilion.”
Design & Construction Week 2015, co-owned by the NKBA and the NAHB, is expected to welcome more than 125,000 attendees to Las Vegas.
More than 35 percent of 2014 attendees were first-timers to the show. Building on 2014 attendee buying power data, which suggests growth to an average of $4.5 million, the event is a reflection of improved economic stability and growth in this sector. Nearly 80 percent of attendees were decision makers (owners/partners), with 76 percent reporting influence in design and/or specification of kitchen and bath products.
“Building on the success of the inaugural Design & Construction Week, KBIS 2015 is expected to have the largest attendee and exhibitor participation in the show’s more than 50 year history,” said Bill Darcy, NKBA Chief Executive Officer.
He added, “We are excited to welcome members of the design industry to see the latest for the kitchen and bath.”