The Inspired Home Show 2021, due to take place this August in Chicago, has been cancelled. Organisers say the show will return in March 2022.
In a statement, the International Housewares Association’s Board of Directors said state restrictions prohibiting large gatherings remain in effect for the foreseeable future, and government travel restrictions continue to significantly impede domestic and international travel, leading them to make the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the 2021 show. The event was scheduled to take place Aug. 7-10, 2021 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
“Over the last year, we have been closely watching the status of large events from a health and public safety perspective, and have consistently sought feedback from our industry about how travel restrictions and mass gathering bans have impacted their normal operations,” said Derek Miller, IHA president. “With the health and safety of our exhibitors and attendees top of mind, we realized that it is infeasible for The Inspired Home Show to proceed in August of 2021.”
Booth space dollars from 2020 exhibitors that rolled over to the 2021 Show as well as that from new 2021 exhibitors will be rolled over to the 2022 Show. IHA has posted an FAQ page at TheInspiredHomeShow.com/Exhibit/Exhibitor-Update to help answer exhibitor questions about next steps. For any inquiries not covered by the FAQs, exhibitors should reach out directly to their sales manager.
To help fulfill the need for buyers and product suppliers to connect, IHA will be offering several digital events throughout the year. Additional information about events scheduled for March and April can be found online at TheInspiredHomeShow.com/Connect.
The Inspired Home Show 2022 will be held March 5-8 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Complex.