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Reservations for booth space and lodging for iHobby Expo now open

Published: February 27, 2012
It’s not too early to start making plans to attend this year’s iHobby Expo, scheduled for Oct. 11-14 at the I-X Center in Cleveland.

“The HMA Show Committee has already lined up an exciting array of hobby competitions, displays, attactions, and educational events that will draw dealers and consumers from around the country,” HMA President Fred Hill said in a press release.

Manufacturers interested at exhibiting at the show will notice booth rates are lower than last year. For HMA members, Inline Standard booths are $10 per square foot, Premium booths are $11 per square foot and New/Entrepreneur booths (available to first-time exhibitors or those who have not exhibited at iHobby for three years) cost $6 per square foot. Exhibitors who have already reserved space at the 2011 early bird rates will see a reduction in their booth balances to reflect the new lowered rates, according to HMA Executive Director Pat Koziol.

Retailers selling at the show will be given one free 10’x10’ booth, and additional booths will be $2 per square foot.

Attendees can also now make lodging arrangements. The expo has contracted with five Cleveland-area hotels for discounted room rates: $119 per night at the Cleveland Airport Marriott (the 2012 iHobby headquarters), $109 per night at the Sheraton Cleveland Airport, $99 per night at the Holiday Inn Cleveland Airport, $89 per night at the Crowne Plaza Cleveland Airport and $75 per night at the Comfort Inn Cleveland Airport. The official iHobby Expo Shuttle will only provide service to the Marriott, Sheraton and Holiday Inn.

For more information, visit or call the HMA office at 973-283-9088.