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KBIS changes date of its annual trade show

As part of Chicago's city-wide schedule adjustments to accommodate the G8 and NATO summits in May 2012, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) has moved up its annual trade show and conference to April 24 to 26 at McCormick Place.

A conference will begin on April 23. Owned by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and produced by Nielsen Expositions, KBIS expects to bring together nearly 20,000 of the industry's top dealers, designers, builders, remodelers, retailers and other professionals directly involved in the design and remodel of residential kitchens and bathrooms.

Organizers said the shift will have no impact to hotel rates or availability, and the NKBA and Nielsen do not anticipate any impact in the number of attendees or exhibitors at KBIS based on the date shift.

Candice Olson, host of HGTV's “Divine Design,” is confirmed as the KBIS 2012 opening keynote speaker on the new opening day of the show on April  24. Previously, the show was slated for April 27 to 29.