After careful consideration regarding the ongoing spread of coronavirus overseas and recent cases in the US, International Housewares Association (IHA) – the owner and operator of The Inspired Home Show 2020 – has decided to cancel the exhibition, which was scheduled to take place from March 14 to March 17 at the McCormick Place Complex in Chicago.
IHA president Derek Miller said: “For the last several weeks, we have been watching this situation very carefully, with our primary concern being the safety and well-being of the home + housewares industry.
“The IHA board of directors made this decision after consulting with industry constituents including exhibitors and retailers. In the end, the global nature of our event, combined with the worldwide concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak and ongoing travel restrictions, make it impossible for us to hold The Inspired Home Show next week.”
The IHA board and staff will be working together over the next several weeks to measure the financial impact on the industry and the IHA. Once an analysis is complete, additional information regarding exhibitor refunds will be made available.
IHA had previously announced that the International Sourcing Expo, which primarily houses Chinese-based suppliers, would not open in 2020 due to the restrictions on travel between China and the US.
The 2021 edition of the Inspired Home Show will be held from March13 to March16 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Complex.