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KBIS Growth Soars with 2017 Qualified Attendance Up 17-Percent and Major Brands Confirmed to Return in 2018
– Exhibit Space Sales Up 13-Percent Year-Over-Year-
(Alpharetta, GA.) – March 9, 2017 – The 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the destination for kitchen and bath design professionals, is proud to announce a 17-percent increase in qualified attendance and a surge of momentum headed into the 2018 show. Major brands and several new exhibitors have already committed, with net square footage of exhibit space for 2018 up 13-percent year-over-year. New exhibitors include Foster Milano, Peerless Faucet and EuroChef USA, with major brands Jenn Air, Kraus USA, Miele, Samsung and Bertazzoni set to return after an extended absence from the event. KBIS will take place January 9-11, 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
“This year’s response to KBIS reaffirms it as our industry’s premiere event,” said National Kitchen & Bath Association VP of Industry Relations Suzie Williford. “Thank you to our NKBA members and the entire kitchen bath industry for making KBIS 2017 a truly ‘can’t miss’ event.”
“Our verified growth confirms what we already knew; KBIS 2017 was one of our most successful kitchen and bath industry shows to date,” said Brian Pagel, SVP, Emerald Expositions. “KBIS 2018 is setting up to be an even bigger and more successful show. I look forward to continuing to see the kitchen and bath industry growth this year, and to returning to Orlando in 2018.”
Highlights from KBIS 2017:
NKBA CEO Bill Darcy delivered the 2017 State of the Industry Address, discussing annual design trends and economic research studies taking place in the $134 billion kitchen and bath industry. One NKBA study, “Estimated Market Value for the Kitchen & Bath Remodeling and New Residential Construction Markets,” found that each year homeowners remodel upwards of 10.2 million kitchens — roughly one in 10 of all households — and 14.2 million bathrooms, two of the most important rooms in a home.
Serving as one of the most memorable moments of KBIS 2017, The NKBA with KBIS hosted the first public event supporting the This Old House Generation Next philanthropic campaign to encourage and empower young people to join the skilled trades. All proceeds from the campaign went to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s Work Ethic Scholarship Program, providing scholarships to people getting trained for skilled jobs in demand. At the event, Mike Rowe of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation accepted a $500,000 check from the charter partners of the This Old House Ventures’ Generation Next initiative.
Also in 2017, the NKBA Presents KBISNeXT Stage sponsored by HomeAdvisor offered thought-provoking and inspiring programming delivered from some of the most well respected names in kitchen and bath design. A highlight of KBIS 2017 was the all new Discovery District, which served as a center for exploring unique and potentially undiscovered brands and products new to KBIS, several of which were honored as Best of KBIS award winners, including The Copper Shower Kit and GEOLUXE.
KBIS will return to Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center January 9-11, 2018. For more information, visit kbis.com and kbispressroom.com.
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 www.kbis.com.
KBIS is operated by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of large business-to-business trade shows in the United States, producing more than 80 trade shows and over 100 face-to-face events in total, including conferences, summits and other events. Emerald Expositions connects more than 335,000 sellers and buyers each year and operates within the U.S. in 10 end markets (Gift, Home, General Merchandise and Manufacturing; Sports & Apparel; Design; Jewelry, Luxury & Antiques; E-Commerce; Creative Services; Licensing; Healthcare; Military; and Food).
About the National Kitchen & Bath Association and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS), as part of Design and Construction Week ® (DCW). With nearly 14,000 member companies representing tens of thousands of members in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry, the NKBA has educated and led the industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The NKBA envisions a world where everyone enjoys safe, beautiful and functional kitchen and bath spaces. The mission of the NKBA is to inspire, lead and empower the kitchen and bath industry through the creations of certifications, marketplaces and networks. For more information, visit NKBA.org or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).
KBIS® and NKBA® are registered trademarks of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.
Beth Meiklejohn Julie McCrary
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