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ATLANTA, GA (October 1, 2018) – Tracking ahead of the 2017 edition, the September 25-28, 2018 Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show buyer attendance also recorded upticks in key geographic areas, including Florida, California, Arizona, Texas, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. The show floor’s growing selection -- which saw more than 200+ first-time exhibitors join its versatile roster of 1300+ booths from 735 companies – came together with a range of hospitality offerings, new MATCH! appointment-based program and new floor promotions to attract theme park buyers, top concessionaires, instructional gift shops and other specialty stores to the nation’s largest souvenir trade show.
“Our focus has been to give buyers an experience they can’t get at any other show,” explains Lisa Glosson, vice president, gift/souvenir, Clarion UX. “From networking events like the MSA and ZAG Breakfast to the launch of the new MATCH! appointment-setting program, our team worked hard to make this show easy for purchasing, while also focusing on networking events to make this Las Vegas Souvenir and Resort Gift Show the best yet.”
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|Mrs. Grossman, Best New Product|
Putting a special spotlight on this show's constantly growing selection - buyers were given the opportunity to vote on their favorite product offerings. Clarion UX presented Mrs. Grossman’s (left) with the Best New Product award and Vionic Beach with the Best Booth Award (right).
|Vionic Beach, Best Booth Award|
Commenting on the show resources, Judy Rancour, Saint Louis Zoo and Zoo and Aquarium Group (ZAG) President said, “I tell everyone this is the show to start your season.”
Other buyers agreed, with many highlighting the many new and unique offerings joining the roster of top name brands and lines featured throughout the floor.
“We have been coming to this show for years and will keep on coming,” added Kees Vanderlee, A Bit of Banff, Banff, Canada. “We know we will always find something no one else in town will have."
"This show was far beyond our expectations. By day two we’d already discovered a half-dozen vendors with whom we will be writing our first orders,” said Terri Nakamura, West Seattle Surf Shop, Seattle, WA
Retailers also enjoyed a variety of networking events and show hospitality, including show floor events like cookie socials, afternoon popcorn, goody bag and gift basket giveaways, daily exhibitor-sponsored happy hour events. A new event this year, the Museum Store Association (MSA) and ZAG partnered to fill their meeting room for a networking breakfast and lively panel discussion. In addition, the show’s popular Native American Pavilion featured daily demonstrations from exhibiting artisans and a networking event and Silent Auction that raised money and awareness for the American Indian College Fund.
Making its debut during the September show, MATCH!, a highly curated, guaranteed meeting program for suppliers and retailers, was designed to enhance exhibitor ROI and the overall buying experience for retailers. As part of the program format, the MATCH! event concierge team personally identified the product sourcing needs and scheduled the meetings for participating vendors and buyers. Meeting agendas were set in advance of the show allowing for the meetings to be highly productive and personalized. The inaugural program generated hundreds of appointments and feedback from program participants was overwhelmingly positive.
“The MATCH! program made our show,” said exhibitor Robert Tutty, Muse Glass Inc. “We were able to connect with buyers we would not have seen otherwise.”
The September show also welcomed a new “Emerging Marketplace” section. This section was designed to provide a cost-effective gateway for new companies, artisans and others to try out the wholesale trade show, the new tabletop display area featured more than 30 exhibiting companies.
“I'm impressed with how many people have come to explore the new Emerging Marketplace section,” says Dean Robertson, Forest Life Creations. “I've made all my money back already, and the quality of buyers is incredible!"
The 2018 edition also received feedback from exhibitors pleased with the quality of buyers and connections made throughout show.
"We are loving this show because there are a lot of quality buyers here,” says Randy Rothfus, Guzzle Buddy.
“The Las Vegas Souvenir and Resort Gift Show has been fantastic,” says Rick Burdette, ACE USA. “We've been so busy that we can barely get away from our booth."
The next edition of the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show will be held October 2-5, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information call 800.318.2238 or visit www.lvsouvenirshow.com.
ABOUT CLARION UX
Founded in 1995, Urban Expositions, now operating as Clarion UX and owned by Clarion Events, produces and manages a portfolio of 36 trade and consumer events, serving a range of industry sectors including Gift, Souvenir, Art, Aviation, Apparel, Foodservice, Specialty Retail, Gaming, Automotive and Enthusiast Lifestyle, with offices in Kennesaw, GA, Trumbull, CT, Portland, OR, and Boca Raton, FL. www.urban-expo.com
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