Two big trade shows recently made a joint comeback in Orlando, Florida — much to the delight of home decor and renovation enthusiasts everywhere. The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (or KBIS) and the International Builders Show (or IBS) were co-hosted from February 8 to 10.
KBIS is the industry’s premier kitchen and bath design event, and IBS is North America’s largest home building show. Outlined below are some important highlights from these events. You’ll also find some insight into what the show organizers did to make them safe and successful.
KBIS and IBS AttendanceThe last time KBIS and IBS (which both makeup Design and Construction Week or DCW) were held together was in 2020 — when the joint show was hosted in Las Vegas — and more than 60,000 people came from all over to attend. This is the first show in two years, and it’s the first time the tradeshow has been held in Orlando since 2018. The interior design and construction show drew approximately 60,000 attendees again this year, signaling a strong comeback despite two years off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview with Bath and Kitchen Pro, Jason McGraw, the KBIS Show Director and the Group Vice President of CEDIA Expo & KBIS at Emerald, compared planning the event to running a marathon.
Health and Safety ProtocolsMcGraw explained that planning for the next year’s event starts 18 months before its scheduled date. With the pandemic still in full swing, he noted that even more planning was required than usual to ensure they were providing attendees and exhibitors with a safe environment. Some steps that were taken to maximize safety include an increase in digital and on-demand options, as well as an online matchmaking platform and a new mobile app for enhanced (and safe) networking. Many displays and exhibits were captured via video for remote attendees to still feel that they were part of the action. Masks were also required throughout the event, including on the exhibition floor and on shuttles, as was proof of a negative COVID-19 test before guests could enter the show (attendees could also show proof of full vaccination in lieu of a negative test).
Event TrendsAll of the planning by McGraw and his team seems to have been worthwhile because KBIS and IBS went off without a hitch. The exhibition floor was packed with excited attendees, and lots of exciting trends were seen over the 3-day show. Some of the top trends from the event include a variety of smart home technology solutions for bathrooms, kitchens, and other parts of the home. There’s also an emphasis on multi-functional products for those who are working, entertaining, and learning from home right now. Lots of bold colors and natural themes were on display, too.
KBIS and IBS 2023Those who are interested in exhibiting at the 2023 KBIS and IBS should get ready for a trip to sunny Las Vegas. The show will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, but the dates have not been determined yet.