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KBIS Announces 2017 Hard Hat Media Tour Call for Applications

Aug 4, 2016


KBIS Announces 2017 Hard Hat Media Tour Call for Applications

Exhibitors Can Now Apply to Participate in Exclusive Event, January 10 

(Alpharetta, Ga.) – August 4, 2016 – The 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS)the destination for kitchen and bath design professionals, announced today that exhibitor applications for the 2017 Hard Hat Media Tour are now being accepted.  The Hard Hat Media Tour is an exclusive event that gives members of the media a “first look” at the newest and most innovative products debuting at KBIS January 10-12 in Orlando.  The 2017 media tour will be held on day one of KBIS, Tuesday, January 10, prior to the show’s opening.

“The Hard Hat Media Tour continues to be one of the most anticipated KBIS programs. We’re exposing our valued media contacts to the newest kitchen and bath products of the year, and it’s happening first at KBIS,” said Brian Pagel, VP Kitchen and Bath Group, Emerald Expositions.  “We’re proud to be the show that creates those connections between the kitchen and bath industry’s top tier brands and key media.”

Electrolux® will once again host the tour’s VIP media guests for breakfast in its booth, followed by a tour of eight other KBIS exhibitors, including the official tour sponsor, Wilsonart®, and gift bag sponsor, BSH Home Appliances Corporation.

To participate in the tour, exhibitors can apply by completing the media tour online application.  Applications will be accepted through October 14, 2016.

Members of the media who wish to participate in the tour can contact Beth Meiklejohn at or 717.693.3442.

KBIS is owned by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

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. 10-12, 2017, in Orlando. 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. For more information on KBIS, visit

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, visit

About the National Kitchen & Bath Association
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns 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).