The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show Experiences Record Attendance
This year’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) welcomed 600 exhibitors through the doors of the Las Vegas Convention Center from Feb. 19-21. Among the attendees were designers, builders, technology integrators, dealers, and kitchen and bath showroom professionals.
The largest North American event for kitchen and bath design professionals gave these industry leaders a platform to showcase the latest industry products, trends, and technologies.
Early estimates are pointing towards a 30 percent increase in attendance from 2018, making the 2019 KBIS event the sixth consecutive year that experienced attendance growth. Floor space as whole increased with more than 1 million of net square feet being put to use between KBIS and the co-located International Builders Show.
“KBIS 2019 was a banner year for us. The energy was palpable between the exhibitors and the attendees,” said Brian Pagel, senior vice president of Emerald Expositions. “New products were being introduced by virtually every exhibitor, and the numerous programs, panels and events drew standing-room-only crowds. With registrations up 30% over last year, the number of total participants at Design and Construction Week likely exceeded more than 100,000 industry professionals between both events.”
Some notable components of the show include:
- KBIS NeXT Stage: A program composed of 18 panels made up of industry and media VIPS gave 10 brands the opportunity to speak on a variety of topics including color trends, women in design, the new modern luxury, and more.
- KBIS Uncorked: An invitation-only networking and cocktail hour for the industry’s most influential voices.
- Best of KBIS Awards: A judging committee personally visited some 50 finalists to select this year’s winner. Information on the winners can be found here.
- KBIS Best Booth Awards: Samsung was the winner of the “Overall Best Booth Award.” Other winners include GE Appliances, SHKL, Woodworks by Ted Todd, Sicis North America, Cutler, and Hammerton.
- Showcase for Living in Place: Several presentations highlighted the importance of making all homes accessible, comfortable, and safe for people of all ages.
- Salon by KBIS: Exclusive design-forward brands offered programs on illumination equipped with an interactive virtual reality experience.
- NKB Next Up and This Old House Generation Next: In an effort to spark youth interest in skilled trades, the duo lined up a panel discussion on skilled labor which led into a Cheers for Trade Careers cocktail event.
“As the owners of KBIS and as an all-industry association, we are committed to producing a show that provides something of value for everyone,” said Suzie Williford, executive vice president of industry relations and chief strategy officer, National Kitchen & Bath Association. “The kitchen and bath industry remains strong. Our most recent NKBA research study expects growth to continue through 2020, so it is imperative that we provide not only a showcase for innovative products but professional development and networking opportunities. Our community of manufacturers, design professionals, technology integrators, showrooms and builders now have the momentum to carry them through the year.”