IHA Reports Double Digit Increases For Home + Housewares Show

The International Housewares Association (IHA) reported double digit increases in both exhibitor participation and buyer attendance, at its recently concluded International Home + Housewares Show.
“Our exhibitors have reported brisk business in their booths and a positive response from buyers to the innovations they had readied for the Show,” said Phil Brandl, president of the IHA. “We were encouraged by the significant increase in international buyer attendance this year as well as by the reports that U.S. retailers and senior executives were present in large numbers.”
The IHA indicated the show’s performance likely reflects an improving economy and a number of vendors reported better than normal activity. “Traffic was very high! It was one of our best shows,” said Bruce Kaminstein, CEO of Casabella Holdings LLC.
Jeff Siegel, chairman and CEO of Lifetime Brands stated, “The highest quality attendance I have ever experienced at a trade show.” 
The Show hosted 1960 exhibitors, a 13% increase over 2009, and including 550 new companies, Brandl said. In addition, total buyer participation increased 10.5%, including a 20.7% increase in international buyer participation. The Association indicated that media attendance included an increase in bloggers, coverage by the Today Show, Good Morning America and several Chicago TV stations, as well as major print publications including Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Bride’s, Bridal Guide, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Cooks Illustrated, El Paso Times, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Houston Chronicle, UPI, Associated Press and Reader’s Digest publications. The Show will generate in excess of 200 million consumer impressions through broadcast, print and Internet coverage.
The 2011 International Home + Housewares Show will be held March 6 – 8 at McCormick Place, Chicago USA, and also feature co-location with The Travel Goods Show, which will be located on Level 1 of the North Building.