Retail Observer

April 2019

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RETAILOBSERVER.COM APRIL 2019 10 E arly tallies indicate attendance increased a whopping 30% over 2018 – the sixth consecutive year of spectacular growth. Floor space increased in pace with attendance, to more than 1 million net square feet between KBIS and the co-located International Builders Show (IBS), which together make up Design & Construction Week. We've already secured over 400,000 NSF of show floor space for KBIS 2020 which will return to Las Vegas on January 21-23, 2020. "KBIS 2019 was a banner year for us. The energy was palpable, between the exhibitors and the attendees," said Brian Pagel, senior vice president of Emerald Expositions. "New products were introduced by virtually every exhibitor, and numerous programs, panels and events drew standing-room-only crowds. Registration was up 30% over last year, which means total participants will reach more than 100,000 between both shows." "As the owners of KBIS, and as an all-industry association, we are committed to producing a show that provides something of value for everyone," said Suzie Williford, executive vice president of industry relations and chief strategy officer, National Kitchen & Bath Association. "The kitchen and bath industry remains strong. Our most recent NKBA research study expects growth to continue through 2020, so it is imperative that we provide not only a showcase for innovative products but professional development and networking opportunities. Our community of manufacturers, design professionals, technology integrators, showrooms and builders now has the momentum to carry it through the year." KBIS NEXT STAGE Sponsored by HomeAdvisor, KBIS NeXT Stage programming included 18 panels on a variety of topics that included color trends; KBIS 2019 DRAWS RECORD ATTENDANCE

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