LAS VEGAS — The 2014 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show has been receiving a ton of buzz since last year’s big announcement about the co-location of KBIS and the International Builders’ Show (IBS). Now that the big event is finally here, there appears to be plenty that’s buzz-worthy going on. From a dramatically expanded educational program that encompasses 100+ session (more than half of which carry continuing education credits) to the 1,500+ exhibitors across both shows to the wealth of products on display, the newly combined shows have definitely given new life to KBIS – and perhaps to the kitchen and bath industry at large.
Indeed, while attendance had fallen off at both shows in recent years due to economic stresses, attendance at this year’s combined event is expected to top 70,000. That means kitchen and bath dealers and designers will not only have the chance to check out a vast array of new products and educational sessions, they will also find a wealth of networking opportunities – both within the kitchen and bath arena, as well as with a diverse array of allied professionals, including builders, remodelers, architects, interior designers, DPH specialists and more.
THE SHOW FLOOR
With two combined shows, attendees will have enhanced opportunities to view a wider array of products than in years past, with a single admission pass providing entry to both shows.
The two shows will be spread over 600,000 square feet of space, with a wide array of products on display ranging from cabinetry, appliances, countertops and sinks/faucets to bath fixtures and fittings, storage aids, Universal Design products, lighting, flooring, kitchen and bath accessories, software and so much more.
In addition to products and services on display, there will be numerous product demonstrations, celebrity guests, booth presentations, new technology, product prototypes and live cooking demonstrations. HGTV will also be holding live auditions on site for design professionals who might dream of one day hosting their own design show.
This year, the show floor will be open for three full days, allowing attendees to maximize their time, with show hours running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 4, 5 and 6.
THREE LEARNING PROGRAMS
The expansive 2014 educational program is broken down into three learning programs, according to the NKBA. These include: