NAHB’s Board Reaffirms Decision to Pull Show from New Orleans

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Washington, DC – On Saturday, May 1st,the Board of Directors of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) re-evaluated, then reaffirmed its plans to pull the International Builders Show out of New Orleans in 2013 and 2014. The decision was based on  forecasts that the show will outgrow the city and venue, says Wayne Stetson, Senior Vice President of NAHB’s Convention & Meetings Group. The board has not yet decided where the mega-show will be held.

The New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau filed a lawsuit against NAHB in December contesting the move, but J. Stephen Perry, President, and Beverly Gianna, Vice President of Communications & Public Relations were not available for comment on the latest news from NAHB.   A report released in TSE’s  E-Clips on February 2nd and in Trade Show Executive magazine in March, revealed the economic “Catch 22”  to  both parties.

Contact: Wayne Stetson, Senior VP, Conventions & Meetings Group, National Association of Home Builders, (800) 368-5242; wstetson@nahb.org; Beverly Gianna, Vice President of Communications & Public Relations, New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, at (504) 566-5045; bgianna@neworleanscvb.com.