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KBIS 2016 Hard Hat Media Tour

Jul 27, 2015

Exhibitor applications now being accepted to be featured in exclusive pre-show event

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is now accepting applications from exhibitors to participate in the 2016 Hard Hat Media Tour. The Hard Hat Media Tour is an exclusive event that give members of the media a “first glimpse” of the most unique and innovative new products debuting at KBIS 2016. This year’s tour will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“We are tremendously appreciative of the relationships KBIS and its exhibitors have with the media,” said Brian Pagel, VP Kitchen and Bath Group, Emerald Expositions. “Their commitment to the advancement of our industry is an important one, making it an easy decision to share a “first look” of the show floor with this key group.”

This year, Electrolux will host VIP tour attendees for breakfast in their booth followed by a tour of editorially vetted and curated exhibitor booths.

To be considered for the tour, exhibitors must submit an application via GoExpo. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 9, 2016. Exhibitors chosen to participate in the tour will be notified by October 30.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Hard Hat Media Tour are available. To learn more, contact a KBIS sales representative.

Members of the media who would like to request a spot on the tour, should contact Kristen Jenkins at or at 717.693.3442.

About KBIS
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 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

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the KBIS®. With nearly 14,000 member companies representing tens of thousands of members in segments of the kitchen and bath industry, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).