Coronavirus is affecting a lot of global events now and then. Well, the Inspired Home Show of Chicago joins the cancellation list.
After a thoughtful discussion over the event, the International Housewares Association’s Board of Directors decided to cancel the event for good.
IHA was initially scheduled for 14-17 March 2020 at McCormick Place located in Chicago. IHA features hundreds and thousands of product categories of all the houseware and home sectors.
The event expected to draw over 60,000 attendees across the globe from over 130 countries. According to the association, over 600 exhibitors decide to quit prior to the event cancellation news due to coronavirus threats.
What IHA President Has To Say About The Cancellation?
According to Derek Miller, the president of IHA, they were observing the situation for several weeks. With no further improvements in the situation, they finally decide to cancel the event.
They consider the well-being and safety of the people, including home and housewares, as a primary concern. Also, the board of directors of IHA confirms the decision after consulting with the industry experts, retailers, and exhibitors.
He said, they take the coronavirus very seriously and don’t want it to affect the event and hence took the required actions to hold off the IHA event.
One of the primary reasons for the cancellation of the IHA show is the ongoing travel restrictions because of the coronavirus.
What About The Refunds and What’s Next?
IHA staff and board of directors will work to measure the financial analysis impact. After that, further information about the exhibitor refunds will be released.
Previously, the International Housewares Association’s cancel the International Sourcing Expo 2020. And now they decided to take down the Inspired Home Show.
International Sourcing Expo involves the Chinese-based suppliers and taken down due to the travel restrictions from China and the United States of America.