By Alan Wolf, YSN
Three of the furniture industry’s largest trade shows — the High Point Spring Market and the winter and summer Las Vegas Markets — have been pushed back by weeks next year amid the continuing COVID crisis and related inventory constraints.
For High Point, the North Carolina show is shifting from April 17-21, 2021, to June 5-9, with registration beginning in late February. According to the High Point Market Authority (HPMA), the show’s producer, the delay was suggested by several exhibitors and unanimously approved by its board.
“We are encouraged by the recent headlines about COVID-19 vaccines, but realistic about its impact on a spring timeframe, as the rollout will be slow,” said HPMA president/CEO Tom Conley. “Coupled with the reality within our industry regarding supply shortages and manufacturing/shipping disruptions, the board of directors agreed it would be most beneficial to delay Spring Market until June.”
Market Week will then revert to a five-day event, vs. the October show’s nine-day schedule, which was extended and held in three-day increments to limit crowd size.
The date change compelled International Market Centers (IMC), producer of the Las Vegas Markets, to move back its two furniture shows accordingly. Originally planned for January and July 2021, the new dates are April 11-15 (preceding High Point by two days) and Aug. 22-26.
IMC cited “a recent shift in timing of home furnishings industry markets” and ongoing travel and government restrictions in the western U.S. for its decision. The organization said it will contact all buyers pre-registered for winter Las Vegas Market “to communicate the change and to assist with adjustment of their plans.”