In a major setback for the industry after not having any events last year and postponing the March show to August this year, the organisers of the Inspired Home Show in Chicago have pulled the plug once again.
With still many restrictions in place for large gatherings as well as travel, the International Housewares Association (IHA) board of directors feel they had no choice but to cancel the show.
IHA president Derek Miller says they have been keeping a close eye on the situation as the pandemic continues in the US and overseas.
“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,” he says.
“With the health and safety of our exhibitors and attendees top of mind, we realised that it is infeasible for The Inspired Home Show to proceed in August of 2021.”
All exhibitors that had booked a space in 2020, which was rolled over to 2021 will get the same deal for 2022.
In the meantime, IHA will be offering several digital events throughout the year to make sure buyers and suppliers still have a way to connect. For more information visit theinspiredhomeshow.com/connect
The Inspired Home Show 2022 will be held from 5 to 8 March at Chicago’s McCormick Place Complex.