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IBS, KBIS ‘exceed expectations’ with in-person events

Builders and designers flocked to Design & Construction Week in February.

Builders and designers flocked to Design & Construction Week in February.

Organizers for the 2022 International Builder’s Show (IBS) and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), held Feb. 8-10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, say the two events featured approximately 70,000 attendees, 1,200 exhibitors and 750,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space.

The two events run concurrently under a partnership called Design & Construction Week. IBS, hosted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and KBIS, hosted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), were held virtually last year due to the pandemic.

“The attendance at this year’s show exceeded our expectations and reflects the enthusiasm of the home building industry to collaborate and discover the latest products and technology solutions for their customers,” Geoff Cassiby, NAHB’s senior vice president of exhibitions and meetings, said in a statement.

“There is no question DCW surpassed all of our expectations,” added Jason McGraw, group vice president and show director for KBIS. “We knew we had put everything in place to create a safe event. We knew the exhibitors committed to the show would bring their ‘A’ game. We expected a strong showing of attendees. But when we beat our attendance plan, we knew we had a winner. The business done at this show will drive the industry for the balance of 2022 and beyond. And we are poised for a super 2023 event with 83 percent of exhibit space already sold.”

Next year’s Design and Construction Week is scheduled for Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For show news, visit nahb.org and nkba.org.  

This article was originally published in the April 2022 issue.

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