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Las Vegas Market continues growth

Las Vegas Market continues to enhance gift and home offerings for its winter 2015 edition

Visitors to the Las Vegas Market can “experience it all,” Sunday, January 18, through Thursday, January 22, 2015, with more furniture, gift and home resources than ever before with both new and expanding showrooms and record-breaking number of temporary exhibitors, the 3rd annual Las Vegas Market CEO Summit and a full slate of dynamic educational programming presented by industry thought leaders, as well as world class amenities and travel deals.

“Las Vegas Market is experiencing strong and sustained growth within in gift and home décor, as well as strategic expansion into new categories, including lifestyle merchandise, specialty tabletop and better home décor,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. “The addition of many new-to-market exhibitors as well as the accelerating pace of renewals signals the industry’s continuing confidence in Las Vegas Market as the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States.”

As Las Vegas Market continues the second phase of its three-year gift and home décor strategic growth plan – complementing the existing strength in furniture and bedding resources – new resources and expanded showrooms are expected to debut in virtually every category. With record numbers of gift and home décor vendors flocking to Winter Market, newcomers JURA Inc., Papaya, Portman Studios, Precious Moments, Papaya, Swahili Imports and Young’s Inc. join a dynamic roster of industry-leading companies at the Las Vegas Market.

In addition to the category enrichment created by these new additions, Las Vegas Market continues to build density with expansion by current tenants. Companies planning larger showrooms for the winter market – Anne McGilvray, Grace by Catherine Sullivan and Melrose International – join the ranks of others who recently have demonstrated their commitment to the Market by expanding their showroom sizes.

For the Winter 2015 edition, Las Vegas Market is expected to house record-breaking numbers of temporary exhibitors, positioned within 14 categories on five floors. Temporary exhibitors in the furniture category will be located on B2; and four floors in Building C will be organized thematically: GALLERY, HOME, STYLE, TEXTILES and VERANDA on C5; COUTURE, FIRST, GOURMET, GIFT, VINTAGE, MADE and TREND on C11; the LIFESTYLE COLLECTION on C10 incorporating both permanent and temporary presentations; and a cross-category collection of leading specialty tabletop and better home décor resources on c-ONE.

“The strategic growth plan in gift and home décor is a natural complement to the existing furniture offering that has been gaining momentum since its launch almost 10 years ago,” explained Bob Maricich, president and CEO, International Market Centers. “The comprehensive nature of this Market is in perfect alignment with the evolving retail environment, providing a more lifestyle-oriented product assortment.”

Las Vegas Market continues to serve as the only major home furnishings market in the Western United States and the largest bedding market in the country, home to the top 15 bedding producers.

A highlight of the Las Vegas Market’s winter slate is the third annual Las Vegas Market CEO Summit, an executive level discussion about the critical issues and opportunities facing today’s gift and home furnishings business leaders, scheduled for Tuesday, January 20, and Wednesday, January 21, 2015. The CEO Summit addresses businesses issues that are critical to industry executives, including presentations on financial, operational and global topics by some of the nation’s leading speakers. Information and registration for the CEO Summit, which is co-produced by International Market Centers (IMC) and Eller Enterprises, is available online at http://www.lasvegasmarket.com/ceosummit.

Buyers and vendors attending Las Vegas Winter Market also will benefit from its synchronicity with the second annual Las Vegas Design & Construction Week™ (DCW), which is bringing together five of the leading design and construction industry trade shows in what is expected to be the largest-ever residential construction exposition in the nation.

Beyond product resources, the Las Vegas Winter Market also plans a full schedule of seminars, events and buyer amenities. Winter Market highlights include naming of colorful design legend Carleton Varney as the 2015 Design Icon, continuation of the Market’s successful “First Look” preview presentation; and presentation of a series of free educational seminars addressing “New Harmonies: Changing Themes in Color and Design Trends for the Home in 2015,” “Secrets of Great Style: Tips on Creating Lifestyle Environments That Lure Customers, Online and In Stores,” “Display Trends: Move more merchandise by positioning products to sell!” and “Leveraging social PR – The New Way to Get Media Attention.” A full schedule will be posted online at www.lasvegasmarket.com/seminars in the coming weeks.

Attendees also will enjoy an array of market amenities including free Wi-Fi on campus, complimentary shuttle to/from host hotels, free parking in an onsite parking garage, fully-equipped Internet lounges and convenient café and food kiosks. Early bird hotel reservations, with very low rates for both nearby downtown hotels and Las Vegas Strip properties, can be made online at www.LasVegasMarket.com/hotels or through Connections Housing at 855-255-4462 or 702-476-6976.

Las Vegas Market is the leading furniture, home decor and gift marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 2,200+ gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. The Winter 2015 Las Vegas Market runs January 18-22, 2015, at World Market Center Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com



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