ELMWOOD PARK, NJ (December 2, 2008)-- The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) announced that the 2009 CHA Summer Convention & Trade Show will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, July 28 - 30, 2009 with education starting on July 27, 2009.
The CHA Summer Show days have also changed to run Tuesday through Thursday to allow more buyers to attend without weekend conflicts. The relocation of the CHA Summer Show to Orlando emphasizes CHA's commitment to growing and expanding the event in new and exciting ways. As the leader in pre-eminent craft and hobby industry venues, CHA anticipates that moving the Summer Show to Orlando will stimulate general craft interest and help accelerate growth of the $30 billion dollar craft and hobby industry.
"We are excited about holding the Summer Show in Orlando," explained Steve Berger, CHA, Chief Executive Officer. "Over the past 30 years the Summer Show has established a reputation for being the summer's premier craft and hobby event -- we are eager to enhance that reputation and legacy by introducing this incredible show to the dynamic destination location that is Orlando."
The CHA Summer Show is the largest summer trade show in the craft and hobby industry with over 7,400 attendees traveling to the annual show. The CHA Summer Show enjoys solid international representation with about 20% of attendance composed of vendors from more than 30 different countries. Most importantly, the Summer Show is the key buying event of the season with 97% of buyers purchasing products as a direct result of attendance.
CHA will continue to offer extensive, industry-leading educational programs, hands-on workshops, and business-building seminars to provide members with the insight needed to compete more successfully in an increasingly competitive world.
"Orlando is an international destination built on creativity and imagination so it's a perfect partnership for us to host this show and its innovative products," said Gary C. Sain, president and CEO of the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. "We're thrilled to be working with the Craft & Hobby Association and look forward to a fun and successful event for all attendees."
To learn more about the upcoming 2009 CHA Summer Convention & Trade Show, including exhibitor registration, travel discounts, and other important information, visit www.chashow.org.
The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is a not-for-profit organization consisting of about 5,000 member companies engaged in the manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products in the $30 billion craft and hobby industry.