ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The RemodelAmerica show, held March 4-6 in Atlantic City, was the last held by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
The National Association of Home Builders bought rights to the show March 2, said Brett S. Martin, assistant director of communications for NARI.
NAHB paid $500,000 for the show, plus an undetermined amount to NARI in each of the next 10 years, he said.
Under the contract, NAHB and NARI have agreed not to compete for the next 10 years, Dennis Harrison, NAHB's managing staff vice president of the convention and meetings division, said in a March 10 telephone interview.
RemodelAmerica had competed with NAHB's Remodelers' Show. Harrison said the shows often were held in the same city or region, where they fought for the same clientele.
Although NAHB officials were happy with the 1999 show — which attracted more than 160 exhibitors and an estimated 8,000 people — RemodelAmerica has lost attendance in recent years.
NAHB will conduct a market analysis, research and demographic studies to determine the best cities in which to host the show to increase attendance, Harrison said.
NAHB's Remodelers' Show already is scheduled for Nov. 5-7. NAHB has reserved dates for RemodelAmerica in Atlantic City next year, but the dates and host city could change, depending on the analysis, he said.
NAHB will consider holding one show in the East and one in the West, Harrison said. RemodelAmerica will continue to be held in the spring while the Remodelers' Show will be scheduled in the fall, he said.