ORLANDO, Fla. -- The 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show was reported to be one of the most successful to date. The three-day shows drew designers, builders, dealers and suppliers along with 596 exhibitors to Orlando.
Early, unverified estimates report a 15-percent increase in attendance over the previous year, the fourth consecutive year of attendee growth. KBIS will return to Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center January 9-11, 2018.
“What an incredible beginning to the new year for our industry,” said National Kitchen & Bath Association VP of Industry Relations Suzie Williford. “With more than one-in-10 homeowners undertaking a kitchen or bath project last year, it’s no surprise that KBIS is a centerpiece of the industry and the must-attend event of the year.”
As a founding member of Design & Construction Week, and in collaboration with the National Association of Home Builders, KBIS co-located with the International Builders’ Show (IBS) for the fourth consecutive year.
NKBA CEO Bill Darcy delivered this year’s State of the Industry Address, discussing annual design trends and economic research studies taking place in the $134 billion kitchen and bath industry. One NKBA study, “Estimated Market Value for the Kitchen & Bath Remodeling and New Residential Construction Markets,” found that each year homeowners remodel upwards of 10.2 million kitchens -- roughly one in 10 of all households -- and 14.2 million bathrooms, two of the most important rooms in a home.
Also this year, the NKBA Presents KBISNeXT Stage sponsored by HomeAdvisor offered inspiring programming delivered from some of the most well respected names in kitchen and bath design. Stage programs showcased trends and insights on timely topics including Airbnb design, outdoor living, designing for downsizing, and color trends. It also gave exhibiting brands the opportunity to take to the stage and highlight new kitchen and bath products and innovations during the highly popular Design Bites™ sessions hosted by Kevin O’Connor of This Old House and Jeff Devlin of HGTV and DIY Network. The KBISNeXT Stage also played host to the NKBA’s 2017 30 Under 30 program, designed to help recognize outstanding young professionals and to share their insights regarding significant trends, sustainable business practices and emerging business models found at the show.
KBIS will return to Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center January 9-11, 2018. For more information, visit http://www.kbis.com.
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