Summer Las Vegas Market Sets Attendance Record

Market welcomed buyers from all 50 states and 73 countries
August 15, 2016David Gill

LasVegasMarketlogo3x2LAS VEGAS-Attendance at the recently concluded Las Vegas Market set a new record, rising 8 percent overall and 28 percent for buyers of gift products, according to International Market Centers, the market operator.

Buyers from all 50 states attended summer market, with the largest numbers of attendees coming from California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas and Utah. International participation continued to be strong, with 73 countries represented; the largest number of attendees from outside of the United States came from Canada, Mexico, China, Japan and Panama. The market also showcased the largest number of exhibitors in its 10-year history, with total exhibitors numbering more than 3,100, including a record 500 temporary exhibitors.

The attendance increases were the result of “the swift and sizeable expansion of both permanent and temporary exhibitors,” said a statement from IMC, which did not provide the number of attendees. Among the summer market’s more than 5 million square feet of product displays was 118,500 square feet of new and expanded showroom space among 66 new and expanding exhibitors. All of the market’s core categories experienced expansions in space, with new and expanding showrooms adding 70,000 square feet of furniture resources, 21,500 square feet of home décor resources and 27,000 square feet of gift resources, along with record-breaking numbers of casual and outdoor resources.

“Summer Las Vegas Market was epic,” said Bob Maricich, IMC’s CEO. “Punctuated by unprecedented attendance, order writing and new resources, we are continuing to deliver on our promise to create the leading furniture, home décor and gift destination in the western United States.”

David GillDavid Gill | Senior Editor
dgill@hfnmag.com

David Gill covers home textiles, small electrics housewares, personal-care products, cleaning products, mattresses, consumer electronics and major appliances. He also reports on retailers and writes about the business and financial side of both vendors and retailers. He has more than 30 years of experience in business journalism, and has worked for other publications and websites that cover consumer products from both the manufacturer and retailer sides. His outside interests include sports (he is a big fan of the New York teams and of British soccer), cooking, movies and theater. He occasionally enjoys a good cigar as well.

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