The 2012 International Home + Housewares Show will open at 12:30 PM on Saturday, March 10, 2012, and run through 5 PM on Tuesday, March 13. The International Housewares Association (IHA) board of directors approved the additional half-day on Saturday in response to requests from show stakeholders. The board also froze of booth space fees to keep them at 2011 rates.
“This additional show time will allow exhibitors to schedule ample time for appointments with key retailer partners in a more relaxed and unhurried atmosphere,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president. “It will offer all buyer attendees additional time to seek out new supplier partners while also giving time for meetings with current suppliers.”
Buyer attendees, manufacturers’ representatives, and news media attendees will be allowed on the exhibit floor Saturday. Trade guests, however, will not be allowed on the show floor Saturday. The 2012 International Home + Housewares Show will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
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