MONTREAL – The exhibit halls for the 2017 edition of the Canadian Furniture Show are beginning to fill and it’s possible the number of participating resources will outnumber last year’s event, particularly now that Palliser Furniture, this country’s largest upholstery maker will return.
“We are definitely ahead of last year’s pace when it comes to space booking,” Pierre Richard, president and chief executive officer of the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Association (QFMA), told Home Goods Online a few days ago. “If this continues, we could have a larger show than last year.”
In 2016, some 230 vendors took part in the Canadian Furniture Show (CFS). Although an exact number of exhibitors for 2017 wasn’t provided, Richard said that as of last week, about 72% of the available floor space for exhibitors had been sold.
This year, show management has condensed the floor to cover Halls One through Four of the International Centre, plus the facility’s conference centre. In fact, Palliser will occupy a 13,000 square foot space in the conference centre. The Winnipeg-based upholstery maker has always occupied a semi-private space inside the building during the show. It previously occupied the Aviation Ballroom across from Hall Five.
Resources with permanent showrooms in the International Centre’s SOFA (Source of Furniture and Accessories) annex will also participate in the show. Richard also expects about the same number of manufacturers with showrooms outside the International Centre to participate in this year’s event.
However, Richard was quick to point out the consolidation doesn’t mean less exhibit space or fewer exhibitors. Rather the available space will be more effectively utilised as he admitted there was a great deal of unseen unused space on the 2016 show floor.
“That won’t be the case this year,” he said. “We’re going to have lots of great spaces.”
CFS management believes consolidating the floor will offer benefits to both attending retail buyers and designers as well as to exhibitors. “In fact, this optimised layout has sufficient square footage to stage a bigger show than in 2016,” Richard said in an earlier HGO interview. “It will also be better for visitors, who won’t have to walk as far, and for the exhibitors, who will benefit from more concentrated traffic.”
Registration for retail buyers and other attendees is expected to open on March 1. The 2017 CFS will be held from May 26 to 28.
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