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Vegas Market Reports 13% Attendance Increase

Organizers of the Las Vegas Market say the recently-concluded Winter Market was its busiest ever, setting a record for buyer attendance.

Market officials didn’t release specific attendance figures, but said overall buyer attendance was up 13%, a figure that included a 17% gain in furniture buyer attendance.

In addition, the gift category recorded a 12% attendance increase, while attendance by home décor buyers grew by 9% and attendance by interior designers, architects and contract/hospitality buyers also was up 9%, market officials said.

“Las Vegas Market gets bigger and better with every edition, and exhibitor participation and buyer attendance reached unprecedented highs this winter 2018,” said Robert Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers. “Against a back-drop of overarching industry optimism, we expanded both our permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits, which generated a corresponding, increase in buyer awareness, turnout and order writing.”

“The attendance increases are incredible, but even more impactful was the quality of attendees, with buyers ranging from major chains to independent shops to high-end designers. These dramatic and dynamic gains are indications that Las Vegas Market is continuing to deliver an unrivaled market experience as the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States,” Maricich added.

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