As of March 24, International Market Centers (IMC) has temporarily closed AmericasMart Atlanta to the public, in accordance with Atlanta’s 14-day shelter in place order, to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart and the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center will also be closed.
In light of growing concerns and risks associated with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Licensing Leadership Summit is rescheduled for November 5 and 6. The summit, which was originally set to take place March 16 and 17, will still be held at the same location, the Hilton Midtown Manhattan in New York City.
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 Dallas Market Center, in announcing the cancellation of its March markets and April Design Week, confirmed that the summer Dallas Total Home & Gift Market remains scheduled to start June 24.
Reed Exhibitions has announced today that the National Hardware Show, originally scheduled for May 5-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is postponed because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The show will be rescheduled for later this year in Las Vegas, according to Reed.
The High Point Market Authority said that the Spring High Point Market has been postponed with consideration of moving the event to early June if public health conditions improve.
Citing concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Forty One Madison has cancelled the New York Tabletop Show, which was scheduled to be held March 31 to April 3 in New York City.
International Housewares Association president Derek Miller this morning issued a letter to the home and housewares industry detailing factors leading to the IHA decision earlier this week to cancel The Inspired Home Show that was set to open in Chicago on March 14.
The National Hardware Show advised home improvement suppliers, retailers and other industry affiliates that show management is monitoring coronavirus developments and has implemented precautions ahead of the show, set for May 5-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The cancellation of The Inspired Home Show was met with strong support by housewares vendors and retailers, who said health and safety considerations far outweighed their disappointment over the cancelled show.
The International Housewares Association, faced with a ticking clock and mounting concerns less than two weeks before The Inspired Home Show, was left with no choice but to cancel the show in the face of the fast-escalating coronavirus outbreak.