Inspired Home Show Addresses Coronavirus Concerns
IHA has closed its International Sourcing Expo for its March 14-17 show, due to the virus.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and after consultation with Chinese pavilion organizers and exhibitors, the International Sourcing Expo will not open at The Inspired Home Show 2020. The International Housewares Association said its decision was made to protect the health, safety and well-being of the industry from concerns about exposure to the virus, said Derek Miller, IHA president.
The rest of The Inspired Home Show, to be held March 14-17 at Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center, will continue as planned with the Dine + Décor, Clean + Contain, Wired + Well and Discover | Design expos showcasing the latest and most innovative home and housewares products to key, specialty and independent retailers and distributors, Miller said.
Show attendees coming from China will also be subject to U.S. customs and immigration policies that temporarily deny entry into the United States of foreign nationals who have visited China within 14 days of arriving in the U.S. IHA will continue to follow the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is working with the City of Chicago and McCormick Place officials on the development of precautionary measures to further reduce health risks at the Show.
The Inspired Home Show 2020 will feature 2,000 exhibitors from around the world, including 400 new companies exhibiting for the first time. More than 51,000 total attendees, including buyers from 130 countries, are expected.