Exhibitors in The Inspired Home Show 2020 will receive a 100% refund for paid space fees and corner charges in the form of a credit toward space and corner charges for the 2021 Show, provided their 2020 Show accounts were paid in full, the International Housewares Association said. IHA’s board of directors approved the refund on March 18.
The refund credit will apply to all exhibitors who canceled after the October 31, 2019 cancellation deadline or who were still contracted to exhibit at the 2020 Show at the time of show cancellation. Exhibitors will also maintain their seniority status for space assignment purposes.
In addition, the IHA board froze the 2021 member space rate at the 2020 level. Space applications for The Inspired Home Show 2021 will be available in mid-April. A FAQ on the refund is posted on the Show website at https://www.theinspiredhomeshow.com/exhibit/exhibitor-update/.
In a letter to exhibitors, IHA president Derek Miller said: “As a not-for-profit trade organization, IHA’s reason for existence is to serve our members, done primarily through the planning, production and operation of The Inspired Home Show, the industry’s premiere trade event. We have concluded our analysis of the financial impact and reviewed options with the IHA board of directors— themselves exhibiting members like you. Fortunately, the IHA board has had the foresight to build reserves over the years to allow for a devastating event like Covid-19. Related, we have maintained a self-insured status against catastrophic events since 2011.
“We understand that challenges remain for our industry and that each member company is being impacted during this time. The IHA is also being significantly impacted and is reorganizing so that we can continue to produce the show and offer high-quality services to benefit the home and housewares industry—whom we have served for more than 80 years and plan to serve long into the future.”
The Inspired Home Show 2021 is scheduled to be held March 13-16 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Complex.