Trade Show Organizers End Discussion on Joint Efforts

The International Housewares Association, producer of the International Home and Housewares Show, and George Little Management, White Plains, New York, producers of The Gourmet Housewares Show, announced they have ended discussions on possibly working together to best meet the industry’s need for trade shows.

CHICAGO — The International Housewares Association here, producer of the International Home and Housewares Show, and George Little Management, White Plains, New York, producers of The Gourmet Housewares Show, announced they have ended discussions on possibly working together to best meet the industry’s need for trade shows.

This follows the results of a joint survey that polled the housewares industry on the need for trade shows in the U.S. Penny Sikalis, vice president and show manager for the Gourmet Housewares Show told SN the survey results did indicate there was a need for a second annual housewares event in the U.S.

“We were hoping we could work together with IHA on that premise and develop a strategy to best meet the needs of the industry. We weren’t able to come to any mutual agreement,” she said.

Five years ago the IHA changed its show dates from January to March moving close to the traditional May dates of the gourmet show. Subsequently, the gourmet show moved to August and has co-located with other show events such as the International Gift Fair, Global Home Textiles and National Hardware Show.

GLM has decided not to run its Gourmet Housewares Show in San Francisco next year. Instead, the show producers will hold the gourmet show in 2011 in conjunction with the New York International Gift Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, Jan 30-Feb. 3.

This year Gourmet Housewares Show, held in San Francisco, drew some 5,000 attendees, according to GLM. The International Home and Housewares Show is said to draw some 20,000 international buyers.

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