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Winter Las Vegas Market sees record attendance

Buyer attendance up 21% over winter 2013

The winter 2014 Las Vegas Market, held Jan. 26-30 at World Market Center Las Vegas, was the best-attended show in the market's nine-year history, International Market Centers announced. Buyer attendance rose 21% over winter 2013, and the show featured an additional 850,000 square feet of resources.

"Las Vegas Market is growing both resources and attendance at an exponential rate, and this winter marked the largest market in our history," said Bob Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers. "In the last 12 months, we have aggregated existing resources, added new categories and floors and increased participation of local and regional sales representatives, all of which has sparked momentum."

Market officials said the gift category saw the most significant gains, up 90% over last year, while the home décor segment rose 21% and furniture increased by 17%.

The show added 1,200 new home décor, furniture and gift resources in both permanent showrooms and temporary presentations in the past 12 months. In total, 850,000 square feet of resources - 500,000 from gift and home décor and 350,000 from furniture - were added since winter 2013. The number of temporary exhibitors increased by 10% in one year, with a record 340 gift and home décor exhibitors showcasing on three floors in Building C and 80 furniture exhibitors featured on B2.

Among the new tenants for winter 2014 was gift, plush toy and home décor producer Enesco, which opened an 11,818-sq.-ft. showroom on C6. "The show has been terrific! It has opened us to new customers, including some gift retailers who never knew us," said Katherine Alzona, vice president of creative services. "We also have had some inquiries from furniture retailers. It's very exciting and brings a new energy."

Luis Ruesga of Zuo Modern, a California-based supplier of modern furniture and décor located on B7, said he agreed. "This is our 10th Las Vegas Market and we can say this was the best ever," he said. "There were many international visitors, but more importantly the overall attitude was very positive. I'm so happy to see the buyers excited to keep coming."

Winter market highlights included the introduction of a new Sunday-Thursday date pattern, the debut of new and expanded showroom resources and the launch of three new temporary exhibit categories. The market also offered a series of networking events and educational programming, including the second Las Vegas Market CEO Summit.

The summer market will run July 27-31 at World Market Center Las Vegas.

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