Chicago - The 2012 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS) will be held three days earlier than originally planned.
The new show dates are April 24-26, 2012, which moves the event to midweek vs. its traditional Thursday-Sunday schedule. The move was made to accommodate the G-8 and NATO Summits in May, the show's organizers said. The show's conferences begin on April 23.
The venue remains the McCormick Place exhibition center in Chicago.
According to the National Kitchen & Bath Assn. (NKBA), which owns the show, and Nielsen Expositions, which produces it, the change will not impact hotel rates or availability, nor is any change in attendance or exhibitor support anticipated.
"In the face of Chicago's sudden need to alter the city's entire schedule of spring events due to the scheduling of the G8 and NATO summits, I'm very happy that we were able to secure show dates so close to the original schedule and maintain the show's hotel blocks and discounted pricing," said NKBA president David Alderman.
K/BIS had long been a critical exhibition venue for the major appliance industry, although attendance and vendor support have waned in recent years along with white-goods demand.