Las Vegas Market Continues Expansion and Refinements
April 29, 2014,
LAS VEGAS-Las Vegas Market said it will continue its exponential rate of change, growth and redefinition during the upcoming Las Vegas Summer Market, Sunday, July 27, to Thursday, July 31.
Key highlights for the summer Las Vegas Market include sustained growth in permanent and temporary furniture, gift and home decor resources, as well as category expansion and density building and a new Sunday-Thursday date pattern.
"Las Vegas Market is continuing to enhance and refine the market experience for both buyers and suppliers as we enter the second year of a three-phase strategic plan to establish ourselves as the leading cross-category market serving the furniture, home decor and gift industries," said Scott Eckman, chief marketing & strategy officer, International Market Centers. "For July, we expect to continue the gains we've made over the past 18 months by expanding the depth and breadth of furniture, gift and home decor offerings and by continuing our sharp upward trajectory in attendance."
Notable new gift and home decor resources--in both showrooms and temporary exhibit spaces--for the summer market are: Colonial Tin Works; Couleur Nature; Honey & Me; Kalaty Rug Corp; Lunares; Sabre; Thompson's Candles; and Vest & Associates. These newcomers join existing tenants who are expanding or relocating this summer: Giftcraft; Roman, Inc.; and Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton (WWRD).
Growth in furniture resources at the market continues with the recent additions of Ace Bayou; Amisco; Barcalounger; CDI; Chairtech; Copeland Furniture; Cristo Rey; Decor-Rest; England, a La-Z-Boy Company; Huntington; LH Imports; Natuzzi; Oios Metals; Palatial; Tvilum; Vaughan; and Violino.
Las Vegas Market further reinforces its position in bedding with the following additions in the mattress and bedding category: Blu Sleep; Dreams Sleep; Easy Rest; Natura; Prana Sleep; Softide; Spaldin Sleep; and Wolf Beddin.
Temporary exhibit offerings are expanding once again at the Summer Las Vegas Market, with addition of two new categories - FIRST, which spotlights first time to market products, providing buyers with the opportunity to find fresh, creative and unique resources across all categories; and COUTURE, which offers a unique presentation of artist/designer/maker products, specially created to offer one of a kind selections for immediate delivery.
The Las Vegas Market also hosts a series of complimentary educational programming that addresses topics such as in-store marketing, display and merchandising, social media and mobile marketing. Special programs on tap include Ahead of the Curve, an exclusive preview of the hottest news and trends in home furnishings, hosted by a star-studded designer panel; the annual Gift for Life fundraising party; First Look, a fast track presentation to the hottest new home furnishings and gift products being introduced at market; and Design Camp, a two-day "designer boot camp" hosted by celebrity interior designers and entrepreneurs Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis.
July marks the first Summer Las Vegas Market to feature a Sunday to Thursday date pattern. The Sunday-to-Thursday date shift was introduced in January 2014 at the winter Las Vegas Market.
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