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Gift Fair Attendance Rises 5 Percent to 35,000

Posted on February 9, 2012 by HFN Staff

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.-Attendance at the winter 2012 New York International Gift Fair totaled 35,000, up almost 5 percent from the 2011 NYIGF, according to a statement from GLM, the show's owner and manager.

The Gift Fair ran from Jan. 28-Feb. 2 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94 in New York City. GLM said the attendance represented retail buyers from all 50 U.S. states and 74 countries throughout the world. In addition, 500 newcoming vendors exhibited at the fair, bringing the total number of exhibiting companies to 2,800.

Dorothy Belshaw, GLM senior vice president and NYIGF director, said exhibitors reported "a week of strong order writing, especially within home product categories, including textiles, tabletop, home furnishings and gourmet housewares." Belshaw added that the increases in attendees and exhibitors reflected "an increasingly healthy economy and amplified the positive mood of the market."