One month after the success of the 2015 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), plans are already underway to expand the show in 2016. More than 315 manufacturers and brands have committed to exhibit at KBIS 2016. Emerald Expositions has already sold 266,130 net square feet of exhibit space – in the first month – almost the equivalent of what was sold in all of 2015.
This is the second year in a row KBIS has experienced such tremendous growth. During the 2015 show, more than 33,119 industry professionals canvassed the show floor. The 2015 event attracted over 500 exhibitors, including 96 new presenters and 87 Loyalty Leaders – the group of exhibitors recognized for their commitment to consecutively exhibiting at KBIS for at least the past six years.
Part of this success is due to the creation of Design & Construction Week™. KBIS, in conjunction with the International Builders’ Show (IBS), owned by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), anchor the week-long mega-event, which this year also included the Winter 2015 Las Vegas Market and The International Surface Event – SURFACES and Tile Expo.
“Bringing Design and Construction Week™ to the industry is a major accomplishment from NKBA and our colleagues at NAHB,” said Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO. “We have created a vibrant forum to get business done in the kitchen and bath industry, fulfilling a major part of our association mission. From here, it only gets better with outstanding programming, top-notch learning opportunities, and the enthusiastic support of all our exhibitors launching their new innovations at KBIS.”
The combination of the addition of the South Hall, branded KBISNeXTTM, a full schedule of educational programming, and packed exhibition floors has demonstrated a strong appetite for this event.
“Given the successful introduction of KBISNeXTTM, the Innovative Showroom Awards as well as the amount of exhibition space now sold for 2016 – all within weeks of the conclusion of the 2015 show – we’re very optimistic about the possibilities for 2016,” said Brian Pagel, VP, Kitchen & Bath, Emerald Expositions. “We are excited about the future of this platform and our industry.”
KBIS 2016 will be held Jan. 19-21, 2016, in Las Vegas.
KBIS, in conjunction with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. KBIS is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry and has been for 50 years.
Early in 2013, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced an agreement to co-locate the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) with the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, Nev. in February 2014 under the banner of Design and Construction Week™. The mega-event will return Jan. 19-21, 2016, in Las Vegas with each show occupying a separate hall. Kitchen and bath brands that have participated in both shows can continue to choose to exhibit in the KBIS or IBS hall. One pass will provide access to both exhibits. NKBA and NAHB will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events.
About the National Kitchen & Bath Association
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association with more than 60,000 members that has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for over 50 years. NKBA.org provides consumers with an inspiration gallery of award-winning kitchen and bath designs, as well as articles, tips, and an extensive glossary of remodeling terms. At NKBA.org, consumers can also find NKBA Connect (the association’s official blog), certified kitchen and bath professionals in their areas, submit questions to NKBA experts, and download the free NKBA Kitchen Planner and NKBA Bath Planner. To learn more, visit the NKBA Press Room at www.NKBA.org.
About Emerald Expositions
Emerald is a leading operator of large business-to-business tradeshows in the United States, producing more than 85 tradeshows and conference events per year connecting over 525,000 buyers and sellers across ten diversified end-markets, including general merchandise; sports; hospitality and retail design; jewelry, luxury, and antiques; e-commerce; photography; decorated apparel; building; healthcare; and military. Emerald is headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, Cal. The company’s shows are typically the most prominent and important for exhibitors and attendees within their various industries. For more information on Emerald, please visit www.emeraldexpositions.com.