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Las Vegas Gears up for Winter Show

A major effort to develop participation by gift and decorative accessory vendors will mark the Jan. 18-22 Winter Las Vegas Furniture Market.

This winter's show will feature new and expanding showrooms and record-breaking number of temporary exhibitors; the 3rd annual Las Vegas Market CEO Summit; and a full slate of educational programming presented by industry thought leaders; along with 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, new resources and expanded showrooms are expected to debut in virtually every category. With record numbers of gift and home décor vendors coming 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 include Anne McGilvray, Grace by Catherine Sullivan and Melrose International.  

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. Four floors in Building C will be organized along the themes of Gallery, Home, Style, Textiles and Veranda on C5; Couture, First, Gourmet, Gift, Vintage, Made and Trend on C11; the Lifetyle Collection on C10 incorporating both permanent and temporary presentations; and a cross-category collection of leading specialty tabletop and better home décor resources on C1.  

“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,” said 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, Jan. 20, and Wednesday, Jan. 21. 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 here.

Buyers and vendors attending Las Vegas Winter Market also will benefit from its synchronicity with the second annual Las Vegas Design & Construction Week, 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 “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 here in the coming weeks.

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