As state restrictions prohibiting large gatherings remain in effect for the foreseeable future, and government travel restrictions continue to significantly impede domestic and international travel, the International Housewares Association’s Board of Directors has made the difficult but necessary decision that The Inspired Home Show 2021, scheduled to take place 7 – 10 August 2021 at McCormick Place in Chicago, cannot proceed as planned.
“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 investments 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 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 will next be held on 5-8 March 2022 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Complex.