The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) announced plans for the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in February are moving forward to include a new omni-experience format. KBIS, which is the largest North American trade show dedicated to the kitchen and bath market, is scheduled for February 9-11, 2021, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. In addition to the onsite experience in Orlando, KBIS 2021 is expanding its presence through the integration of a new live virtual program over the three-day event to provide attendees access to exclusive show content all-year long.
“These are extraordinary times. KBIS 2021 is going to have a unique look and feel,” says Suzie Williford, executive vice president, industry relations and chief strategy officer, NKBA. “We are fully intending to host an in-person event. As long as we are able to safely bring our industry together for this extraordinary event, we will. For those who are unable to be there in person, we will bring KBIS to you.”
These virtual experiences are available to all show attendees and exhibitors and are designed to help bridge the gap with those unable to attend KBIS in person. The virtual component will be used to amplify educational content, exhibitor product launches, as well as a variety of networking opportunities. Show details are in the final planning stages with the new programming scheduled to be announced shortly.
“The Emerald and NKBA teams are talking with our exhibitors and attendees every day and I can confidently say, our industry is ready to rebound,” says Amy Hornby, KBIS show director. “Many of our legacy brands including Miele and Cosentino, as well as newer exhibitors like nobilia are confirmed to exhibit and are looking forward to connecting with their clients. We have also signed several new partners which we are excited to share with you in a few weeks.”