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Winter 2014 Las Vegas Market starts strong

Show runs through Jan. 30 at World Market Center

Show organizers say the winter 2014 Las Vegas Market is poised to be one of the most successful in its eight-year history thanks to an influx of new exhibitors, record high pre-registrations among buyers and an improving economy. The show kicked off Jan. 26 and runs through Jan. 30.

The market has added 1.1 million square feet of new and expanded showrooms in the past two years across furniture, home décor and gift categories. More than 2,224 total exhibitors and lines now fill more than 5 million square feet of space in three buildings. Seventy of those exhibitors are hosting ribbon cutting ceremonies this week.

"The operative words are new and evolved. The sheer growth of new exhibiting companies over the last two years has dramatically changed the landscape of Las Vegas Market," said Robert Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers. "We have reached a critical mass of exhibitors, strategically focusing on complementary product categories and organizing like-minded companies together. This evolution -buoyed by a healthier economy - has created a renewed confidence in Las Vegas Market.

"And, we see a new kind of demand forming among buyers, especially those who may have visited Las Vegas Market in the past and who are eager to experience its transformation. This demand is evidenced with an unprecedented increase in pre-registered buyers and designers; it is likely we will have our largest market ever."

In its first official weekend opening day, the winter 2014 Las Vegas Market ushered in nearly 300 new furniture and home décor brands and 900 new gift lines.

Within the furniture category, 600,000 square feet of permanent space has been leased to furniture manufacturers over the past two years, resulting in a 96.4% occupancy on the 21 floors that carry furniture and mattress lines. Seven new bedding-related sources joined Las Vegas Market this week.

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