Builders’ Show Too Big for Atlanta in 2007, 2008
At its annual spring board meeting held earlier this month in Washington, D.C., the 2,000-member NAHB Board of Directors voted to exercise its contractual rights and terminate its commitment to hold the 2007 and 2008 International Builders’ Shows (IBS) in Atlanta.
The 2006 International Builders' Show will be in Orlando, Fla.
“When we first made the decision to go to Atlanta in the mid-1990s, the IBS was a significantly smaller show that attracted about 65,000 guests over four days,” said NAHB President Dave Wilson. “In recent years, attendance at the IBS has soared to more than 100,000, hotels room bookings are exceeding 50,000 per show and demand for exhibit space at the convention facility has risen significantly. While our members believe Atlanta is a terrific city and have fond memories of holding the convention there in the past, it was the show’s double-digit growth over the last three years that has precipitated this very difficult decision by our board.”
“Mayor Shirley Franklin, The Georgia World Congress Center and The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau have been great to work with and been very gracious during this period,” Wilson said. “The NAHB board made it very clear that NAHB will meet all of its contractual commitments stipulated in the termination agreement.”
“Atlanta values its 25 year partnership with the National Association of Home Builders. We understand the business decisions regarding the 2007 and 2008 IBS, and the city would welcome them back for future meetings and conventions of any size,” said Mayor Franklin.
No final decision has been made on where the show will be relocated.
The 2006 IBS will be held in Orlando, Fla., on January 11-14. For more information on the 2006 Show, visit www.buildersshow.com.
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