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Todd Figi, patriarch of a gift industry family and the founder of Figi Giftware, has been named recipient of the ICON Honors 2011 Lifetime Achievement Honor by unanimous action of the ICON executive committee, according to Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., president and chief operating officer of ICON founding sponsor AmericasMart Atlanta.

Figi’s distinguished 40-year gift industry career and contributions will be celebrated posthumously at the second annual ICON Honors 2011 event on Thursday, July 14, 2011, in conjunction with the July 2011 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.

As defined in the ICON Honors Charter, the Lifetime Achievement Honor “recognizes a single individual demonstrating distinguished advancement and enduring industry impact over the course of a career.” Conferring of the ICON 2011 Lifetime Achievement Honor will celebrate Figi's life following his untimely January 9, 2011 death at 66.

Denver Merchandise Mart

The Denver Merchandise Mart will hold its Gift, Home, Jewelry and Resort Show August 25-30 for permanent showrooms and August 27-29 for temporary exhibitors.  Information about the Denver Show is available online.

The Denver Gift Show is held in conjunction with the Denver Apparel & Accessory Market August 26-29.  This unique opportunity will offer buyers a wider variety of merchandise categories with approximately 100 ladies and children's apparel and accessory showrooms open representing 1,000 lines. 

The Denver Gift, Home, Jewelry and Resort Show, with over 400 exhibitors representing more than 4,000 lines, is a number one destination in the country for lodge, rustic, western and Native American products. 

George Little Management®

The General Gift division at the summer 2011 New York International Gift Fair®(NYIGF®) will increase its offerings for buyers with changes to two product neighborhoods – the new “On Trend” neighborhood will debut a collection of trend-driven, fashion-forward resources across a range of product categories and the existing “Stationery & Publishing” neighborhood will expand to include a greater number of suppliers of specialty paper, note cards, journals, writing instruments and publishing.

“With 750 exhibitors, General Gift is NYIGF’s largest division.  Through creation and expansion of these product-specific neighborhoods, within the division, we can facilitate shopping and sourcing for buyers,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president.  “These two areas are a wonderful complement to General Gift's two existing neighborhoods - The Museum Source and Floral & Garden Accessories.”

The new On Trend neighborhood will group nearly 20 companies, showing trend-driven personal and home accessories, tableware, toys, apparel and more, at the entrance to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center 's Hall 3E. These companies join leading social stationery suppliers and book publishers already in the neighborhood.

NYIGF runs Saturday, August 13, through Thursday, August 18, at New York City’s Javits Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94. NYIGF is the nation's premier gift, home and lifestyle marketplace, with 2,800-plus exhibiting companies featuring an extraordinary breadth and depth of design-driven home fashion products and complementary giftware. Some 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 85 countries worldwide are expected.  Information and registration is available online.

A collection of some 30 on-trend, handmade jewelry resources – representing a wide range of media, style and price point – will be featured within a new Artisan Jewelry Showcase debuting in the New York’s Newest division during the summer NYIGF.

“There’s been an overwhelming demand from quality jewelry designers to join NYIGF, and this concentration of new artisanal resources will be a perfect complement to the broad range of product offerings within New York's Newest,” Belshaw said.

Companies exhibiting in the showcase this summer also have an opportunity – based upon creative and effective booth display – to win a free booth at the Javits Center for the winter 2012 NYIGF. For Artisan Jewelry Showcase exhibitor information, contact Paula Bertolotti, sales manager.

New York’s Newest is a collection of 250 exhibitors – all new to the NYIGF – spanning all product categories, and featuring fresh and innovative lines. The division runs Saturday, August 13, through Wednesday, August 17, at the Passenger Ship Terminal’s Pier 92.

A full five days of value-added programming – including educational sessions, industry social events, product awards, featured displays and buyer promotions – will be offered to buyers and suppliers during the summer NYIGF.

“During NYIGF, attendees and exhibitors can maximize their market participation with a full slate of educational sessions and special events,” Belshaw said. “The seminars offer invaluable information about consumer and color trends and myriad retail strategies, and the after-hours events provide opportunities to network and build industry relationships.”

Some 30 educational programs covering timely topics of sustainability and Fair Trade, social media, consumer and color trends, marketing and other retail strategies will be presented by representatives of industry trade publications and associations, as well as veteran retailers, designers, artists and authors. 

Among highlights are the first-ever pre-show “NYIGF Orientation” webinar for first-time attendees, and a variety of multi-session “tracks” of sector-specific programming. And a series of “Only in New York” special events will highlight the summer market. 

Free exhibit floor hospitality for buyers will be offered within several NYIGF divisions, including evening receptions in At Home and in New York’s Newest and a daily afternoon snack in Baby & Child.  In addition, a free breakfast for museum buyers will be hosted on Monday, August 14.

NYIGF’s SustainAbility: design for a better world® display will return to feature hundreds of eco-friendly and socially responsible gift and home products. Visitors to the display can vote for their favorite products in three categories – most innovative, most sellable, and best use of materials – as part of the Eco Choice Awards. NYIGF also will recognize product innovation in other product categories, with several other awards, including best new product recognitions in the Baby & Child, EX·TRACTS® and Home Textiles Market Week® and the Accent on Design® and Bloggers’ Choice Awards. The fair will also debut new Best New Product Awards connected with the Gourmet Housewares Show at NYIGF.

Implementation of Phase Two of  a three-year strategic reorganization of the NYIGF begins in August 2011 with integration of the Gourmet Housewares Show into NYIGF, the addition of new product-focused “neighborhoods” in several divisions and continued refinement of existing categories.  A full schedule of seminars, special events, displays and promotions are among other highlights of the summer market.

“Through ‘Focus Forward 2013,’ NYIGF continues to transform and strategically reorganize to become the defining marketplace for fashion-forward, design-driven home, gift and lifestyle resources,” Belshaw said. “The first time integration of The Gourmet Housewares Show will exponentially increase and complement the breadth and depth of resources for buyers, and a series of enhancements to other divisions will dramatically facilitate sourcing and shopping for buyers.”

Halloween & Party Expo

In its travel guide, search engine Bing recently ranked Houston, home to the Halloween & Party Expo, as one of the top 25 global hotspots for travelers. It recommends Houston, along with such international gems as Singapore, Paris, Stockholm, Rome, Tokyo, Sydney and Rio, as a top destination for shopping, entertainment, restaurants and cultural activities.

“We aren’t at all surprised by the ranking,” said Jonathan Erwin of the Halloween & Party Expo. “After all, Houston is home to a highly respected and energetic arts community, celebrated restaurants, the oldest African-American theater in the Southwest, a diverse and cosmopolitan population, a vibrant business culture and the brains behind United States space exploration.”

When the Halloween & Party Expo returns to Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center next January, it will be working more closely with local organizations and businesses to help Expo attendees experience the best of Houston. “The trick to unlocking Houston’s many charms is learning how to navigate its unique, and famously un-zoned, neighborhoods.” Erwin said. “We’ve joined the Downtown Business Alliance and are working with the Houston and Texas Restaurant Associations to help attendees experience the city more fully.”

Costume and party industry professionals from around the world attend the annual Halloween & Party Expo. Echoing the “everything's bigger in Texas” theme, the Expo has over 6,800 attendees, and features more than 450 manufacturers from across the globe, making it the largest event of its kind. It’s a one-stop shop for all of retailers’ Halloween and party needs.

So don’t miss out on the Halloween, costume and party industry's best products, and on a chance to experience one of the top cities in the world. The Halloween & Party Expo in Houston, Texas is the place to be.

The Halloween & Party Expo is endorsed by the National Consumers Association, the Halloween Industry Association, the International Balloon Association and Party Club of America and Paper First Affiliates, which both conduct annual meetings in conjunction with the show. The Houston Expo is also home to the Halloween Costume Style Show.

The International Gift Exposition in the Smokies/Souvenir Super Show®

America’s Souvenir Show™

IGES®/SSS®, Sevierville, Tenn., Promotes Monthly Free Lodging Giveaways for Buyers: Register and Win

“Our Buyers Come First!” That’s right! The International Gift Exposition in the Smokies/Souvenir Super Show, Nov. 3-7, 2011, will be giving away free lodging for the first three nights of the show, November 2, 3 and 4! Lucky buyers will be selected each month through October, just register for the show in advance and you are automatically entered! The earlier you register, the better your chances are of winning! Drawings will be held on the last Friday of each month starting in April. The last drawing will be in October. Register conveniently online at or call and register with one of our helpful representatives at 800-430-7608. Winning buyers will stay at the beautiful Wilderness at the Smokies hotel conveniently attached to the Sevierville Events Center. Watch our Web site for winners' names and the companies they represent!


Congratulations! Here are our first lodging winners that were announced at IGES 2010: Michael Kime, Big Walker Lookout, Wytheville, Va. and Gay Underwood, Mystery Hill, Blowing Rock, N.C.

Show doors open at 9 a.m. FREE to the first 200 buyers – gift bags filled with samples from our vendors! All retailers are invited to join in the festivities as we celebrate our 12th year in the Smokies! You will find many new exhibits, new merchandise, free shuttles, free parking, free buyer lunch, etc. Take advantage of our many buyer amenities and discover the largest and best souvenir show in America!

Surf Expo

New at Surf Expo this September 8-10, 2011:

• Dive: The newest addition to the Surf Expo line up; two indoor pools wasn't enough, Surf Expo will bring a Dive tank to the September show. Featuring Dive equipment for resorts and travel.

• Kids: Stay tuned for more details as Surf Expo highlights Kids products and apparel in a new show floor feature.

• Best New Innovation and Best New Design Awards will be announced for the Resort and Souvenir categories of the show. Stay tuned for the winners and their products.

• Gamers Immersion Lounge: The Skate category now features a Gamers Immersion Lounge. Relax in an area devoted to the industry's culture, gaming and music.

• Afternoon fashion shows presented by Transworld: Juniors boardsports and swim will be styled each afternoon on the event stage.

Surf Expo

Urban Expositions

Already the largest regional gift show in the country, the July 2011 edition of the Philadelphia Gift Show keeps growing. Returning to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center from July 24-27, 2011, the summer edition puts the spotlight on a number of the show's fast-growing product sectors, including Made In The USA, Child’s Play, Home Accents, Handcrafted and Gourmet and Candy & Confection. Together with free parking, hotel rates starting as low as $39 for buyers, an easily accessible and amenity-filled location in the King of Prussia area, the 2011 edition offers an ideal cost-effective, one-stop resource for retailers.

“We know that travel budgets are tight and time is limited for our retail buyers so we’re constantly working to make sure the Philadelphia Gift Show delivers the most cost and time efficient buying trip possible,” said Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions.

Now entering its third year at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, the Fort Lauderdale Gift Show returns August 27-30, 2011 to bring South Florida and Caribbean retailers an easily accessible, all-category gift show in a cost-effective setting.

“Running three years strong, the Fort Lauderdale Gift Show continues to meet the buying needs of the South Florida and Caribbean retail trade through a growing exhibitor base that guarantees that show attendees will find the best selection of gift, resort, jewelry and accessories in this premier South Florida showplace,” Miller said.

Featuring more than 600 lines of gift products, the show will offer merchandise in virtually every category.

In addition to product, retailers attending the show will also be able to take advantage of free business building seminars, as well as a number of special buyer incentives.

Responding to industry demand from buyers and exhibitors alike, the 2011 edition of the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show will expand from three to four days for the September 20-23, 2011 edition at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Designed to accommodate the extended buying appointments this specialized industry requires, the additional day helps ensure that buyers will still have time to fully explore the show's significantly expanded product selection in North Halls 3 & 4.

As a national show for the souvenir industry, the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show provides retailers with an unrivaled selection of souvenir and resort products, including 500-plus companies.

“Four days, the perfect location, an unrivaled selection, this event truly embodies everything The National Souvenir Show should be,” Miller said. “The momentum keeps building as buyers and exhibitors share feedback on the many benefits this show offers. And, we’re using this feedback, like the requests for an additional day, to continue fine-tuning and expanding the show’s product resources and services to make sure this event effectively services the specialized needs and business demands of the souvenir and resort industry.”

Conveniently located in the center of the state, the Orlando Gift Show offers an ideal product resource for retailers from northern and central Florida, as well as the Panhandle, who are looking to stock up on everything they need for the busy holiday and tourist seasons. Returning to the Orange County Convention Center’s West Concourse (Hall B4) from August 6-9, 2011, the semi-annual Orlando Gift Show will once again run concurrently with the Orlando Cash & Carry Show to bring together a tremendous selection of strong, proven gift and souvenir lines in every product category, as well as items ideal for impulse purchases.

“In addition to finding a great selection of gift and souvenir lines, Orlando’s central location offers the perfect resource for a business vacation. Show attendees and exhibitors can benefit from the show’s low hotel rates and take advantage of savings on attraction tickets and dining during their stay,” Miller said. Producers of the Orlando Gift Show are Urban Expositions and GLM®, a dmg world media business.

Responding to strong demand from its Pacific Northwest buyer base, the August 13-16, 2011 edition of the Seattle Gift Show will put the spotlight on a significantly expanded selection of green and eco-friendly products. Together with a host of buyer services, including substantially discounted hotel rates, educational seminars, as well countless new resources in virtually every category, the summer edition at the Washington State Convention Center promises to help retailers bring their store vision to life.

“The Pacific Northwest region has long been a leader in the green movement and the Seattle Gift Show is committed to meeting area retailers’ need for earth-friendly options in product and design,” Miller said. “We’re putting the focus on our expanded green and eco-friendly resources with special promotions, product listings and displays – all to give our diverse retailers exactly what they are looking for.”

Retailers will be able to discover the show's new green/eco-friendly resources through a variety of show features. Located in the registration lobby, a special green product preview area will give retailers an advance look at some of the many new designs they'll find on the show floor. In addition, exhibitors with products that fall under the green, sustainable, organic and recycled categories will be highlighted in special Earth Conscious Options (ECO) listings on the show Web site and in the official show directory.

Other highlights for the Seattle Gift Show include tremendous selection, online buyer services, free educational seminars and more.

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