June Lightovation Canceled Amid Continuing Coronavirus Concerns
—Travel needs for participants at North America's largest residential lighting show coming too quickly for event to be viable as scheduled—
DALLAS – April 3, 2020 – Dallas Market Center, home of the largest residential lighting marketplace in North America and host of the twice annual global trade event Lightovation, has announced that the June 24-27 edition of the show has been canceled amid continuing Coronavirus concerns. The show draws exhibitors representing top brands, retail buyers and other lighting professionals from around the world to review and place orders for lighting in all interior and exterior categories as well as ceiling fans.
“After careful consideration, and in partnership with our lighting industry board of governors, we have made the unprecedented decision to cancel the summer show,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of the lighting industry. Other determining factors included the global nature of our event, multiple week set-up time for the permanent showrooms, lighting retail conditions, and supply chain disruption.”
The June edition of other trade events at Dallas Market Center, including the Total Home & Gift Market (June 24-29), are scheduled to proceed as planned, drawing from retailers located in central U.S. states less dependent upon air travel for participation.
Conditions will continue to be monitored to gauge the feasibility of a lighting event later in 2020, ahead of the January 7-10, 2021, edition of Lightovation. Revised timelines for June Lightovation awards programs, such as the Showroom of the Year Awards honoring lighting retailers and the Market Choice Awards honoring new product introductions, will be announced once more is known, as will related considerations for the popular Light Stars and Luminary programs.
The January 2020 edition of Lightovation was one of the most successful in several years—welcoming more retail decision makers than the previous year, including a dramatic 29% increase in stores attending for the first time. During the five-day event, buyers representing leading retail showrooms from all 50 states, Mexico and eight provinces in Canada reviewed a comprehensive collection of new products including the latest designs and technology across more than 1 million square feet dedicated to lighting.
Lightovation at Dallas Market Center, the largest residential lighting trade event in North America, offers decision makers from around the world the unmatched opportunity to discover more new products and best-selling ceiling fans and lighting in all interior and exterior categories, along with home décor, gifts, holiday and floral, housewares and gourmet, and artisan products.
About Dallas Market Center
Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products from exhibitors throughout the year via dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories markets featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers; the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; and the largest and most successful open-daily design center. The marketplace is located in the strongest economic zone in the country. In addition, more than 80 percent of Dallas Market Center buyers report that they do not shop other market centers. To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center and Lightovation Apps. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Dallas Market Center blog.