Summer is here, and if you haven't already made plans to attend this year’s iHobby Expo, scheduled Oct. 11–14 at the I-X Center in Cleveland, it's time.
“The Cleveland area has always been a hotbed of modeling and hobby activity,” said Losi's Bill Jeric, a Hobby Manufacturers Association board member. “The opportunity to display and demonstrate our products to consumers and retailers in a new region of the country is very exciting.”
Retailers planning to attend the show will be able to sign up this month on the iHobby Expo website, www.ihobbyexpo.com.
Manufacturers looking to exhibit at the show are getting booth rates lower than last year. HMA members will pay $10 per square foot for Inline Standard booths; Premium booths are $11 per square foot and New/Entrepreneur booths (for first-time exhibitors or those who have not exhibited at iHobby for 3 years) are $6 per square foot. Companies that have already reserved space at early bird rates will have their booth balances reduced in conjunction with the lower rates, according to the HMA.
Additionally, the show is offering exhibitors who had contracted for space by June 1 the ability to get an additional 10-foot-by-10-foot booth at 50% off the booth rate of $1,000 ($500 after discount). Show organizers said, “The additional space does not need to be contiguous with your current booth layout; however, we will make every attempt to reconfigure the floor plan to allow for this change in space.”
Retailers selling at the show will be given one free 10-foot-by-10-foot booth, and additional booths will cost $2 per square foot.
Lodging reservations for retailers and exhibitors are also now open.
The Expo has contracted with five Cleveland-area hotels for discounted room rates. There are prices for every budget. The choices include:
Cleveland Airport Marriott (2012 iHobby headquarters), 3 miles from The I-X Center; will be serviced by the iHobby Expo Shuttle. Contact info: 216-252-5333 or 800-228-9290. Room rate: $119 per night; reservation cut-off is Sept. 17, at 5 p.m. EST.
Sheraton Cleveland Airport, 1 mile from The I-X Center; will be serviced by the iHobby Expo Shuttle. Contact info: 216-267-1500. Room reservations: www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/ihobby. Room rate: $109 per night; reservation cut-off is Sept. 24.
Holiday Inn Cleveland Airport, 5 miles from The I-X Center; will be serviced by the iHobby Expo Shuttle. Contact info: 216-252-7700;. Reservation code: I-Hobby Expo. Room rate: $99 per night; reservation cut-off is Sept. 18.
Crowne Plaza Cleveland Airport, 3.5 miles from The I-X Center; no iHobby shuttle. Contact info: 440-243-4040. Reservation code for call-in reservations: iHobby Expo; online use code IHE. Room rate: $89 per night; reservation cut-off is Sept. 23.
Comfort Inn Cleveland Airport, 3.3 miles from The I-X Center, no iHobby shuttle. Contact info: 440-234-3131. Reservation code: iHobby Expo. Room rate: $75 per night; reservation cutoff: Sept. 19.
For more information on the show, registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.ihobbyexpo.com or call the HMA office at 973-283-9088.