2006 International Builders' Show Kicks Off

Anyone in the world of residential building knows about the amazing International Builders’ Show taking place Jan. 11-14 in Orlando, Fla. The show is set on the same warm, exotic stage as last year — a place where many attendees are excited to visit during the second week of January.

Wayne Stetson, senior vice president, conventions and meetings group for the National Association of Home Builders, is very excited about the show and the new and returning features that attendees will find through the doors of the Orange County Convention Center.

Attendance is expected to be about the same as last year with 100,000 attendees. "Advanced registration is running the same as last year, but we can’t take into account the amount of people that will drive in and register the day of the show," Stetson says.

All exhibits are in the West and South Halls this year. "The exhibits have sold out, and we’ve also added 250,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space in the South Hall," Stetson adds. "The show is increasing and we’ll have between 14,000 to 15,000 companies and 955,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space."

Beyond exhibits, attendees have access to 200 educational programs with more than 400 panelists and speakers. One speaker not to miss is the keynote speaker for the Grand Opening Ceremony, Gen. Colin L. Powell, on Wed., Jan. 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Attendees can access the builders’ show website by visiting www.buildersshow.com and click on the My Show Planner link for a list and descriptions of all educational seminars. Seminars are listed by day and hour and can be incorporated into a customizable, printable agenda.

Because this is the second year that IBS is in Orlando, NAHB has enhanced some features to make this show run more smoothly than last year’s version. "Shuttle bus routes, drop-off and pick-up points are better and more efficient. Traffic flow on International Drive will be less congested," Stetson says. "We’ve also asked the Convention Center to upgrade and pump up its food services with more food outlets."

NAHB’s choice of Orlando for its 2006 show follows a successful show in 2005. Stetson credits the successful Orlando platform to the weather, population and family-friendly entertainment options. "People are more inclined to go to a warmer location in January than if we held IBS someplace in the north," Stetson adds. "It’s also a family destination; the rest of the family has something to do while mom or dad go to the show."