CFS registration desk opens
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – The online registration desk for the 2019 edition of the Canadian Furniture Show is now open for retailers, interior designers and other industry professionals. This country’s only national furniture industry trade event will open for its usual three-day run at the International Centre here on Friday, 24 May.
In a statement, the event’s organisers – the Montreal-based Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Association (QFMA) – noted that 80% of its exhibitors have chosen the Canadian Furniture Show (CFS) as their only or primary furniture trade event, “making it a unique and most interesting business opportunity.”
Following last year’s success, the Trend Showcase will be back on the show floor and will present innovative and trendy products selected by Toronto interior designer Linda Mazur. The hottest trends as well as the latest products introductions from CFS exhibitors will be also be featured on the show’s web site and Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.
The organisers stressed the 2019 show will also highlight Canadian manufacturers.
“Visitors are increasingly interested in discovering trends and new products. Top-notch Canadian, American and international exhibitors will be presenting their most interesting products to retailers and designers this year,” Pierre Richard, president and chief executive officer of both CFS and QFMA, said in opening the registration desk.
“We are also very pleased to announce that in 2019, the Canadian Home Furnishings Awards Gala will be back at The International Centre on Friday, May 24. All show attendees are cordially invited to an Industry Cocktail before the gala begins,” he added. “The show team is sparing no effort to create a successful event!”
Historically, the gala has been held on the evening before opening day and is the occasion when the CHFA presents both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Retailer of the Year Award. For the past two years, the Retail Sales Professional Award honourees have also been presented to the industry.
This year, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Daniel Walker, president of high-end upholstery specialist Jaymar Furniture. The Retailer of the Year Award will be presented to Paul Hogeboom, who owns and operates 12 La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries across the Greater Toronto Area.
Although specific figures weren’t given, Richard said CFS welcomed more retailers in 2018 than it did the prior year.
“The Canadian Furniture Show is the can’t-miss event in the Canadian furniture industry and has a unique place in the North American market,” he said. “In fact, about 75% of its visitors do not attend either High Point Market or the Las Vegas Market and close to 80% of its exhibitors do not participate in these two events either.”
Approximately 215 furniture, mattress and accessory resources exhibited at CFS last June, including this country’s three largest furniture, mattress and major appliance buying and marketing groups: Cantrex Nationwide, Mega Group and the Dufresne Retail Solutions Group.
Hotel reservations for CFS attending can also be made after registering for the event. The organisers urge attendees to register shortly as hotels are in greater demand in Toronto during the spring months as many conventions and other events are also held during this time.
Hotel reservations for CFS are being handled by Showcare Event Solutions, which is also offering early registrants discounts on their accommodations.
The organisers also note that CFS remains one of the five largest trade events in Canada and brings together manufacturers, importers, retailers, designers and other industry professionals from Canada, the United States and worldwide.
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