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Dallas Market Center

Dallas Market Center recently announced that its recent Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, held June 20-26, was bursting with energy and inspiration around every corner during the seven-day show that included the Dallas International Lighting Market, FINDS Dallas Temp Show, Dallas Holiday & Home Expo and Dallas Hospitality & Contract Design Show.

“The energy level was remarkable as we launched the summer show cycle,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “Supported by new tech tools such as our App and improved free Wi-Fi, buyers from across the country arrived ready for business. Reviewing more than 275 new showrooms and temps, foot traffic was heavier on the front-end of market but the serious buyers had a steady presence. Although economic challenges remain, we are seeing evidence of stronger consumer confidence in the middle of the country.”

Halloween & Party Expo

Even though the 2013 floorplan has only been open to new exhibitors a short time, the Halloween & Party Expo show floor is already 90 percent full. (Visit the Halloween & Party Expo website to view the 2013 floorplan and a list of exhibitors.) With thousands of buyers and hundreds of exhibitors from all across the world, the Halloween & Party Expo is quickly becoming known as the global show for the industry. Booth space is still available, but prospective exhibitors are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to secure the best locations available.

The 2013 Halloween & Party Expo will take place January 19-22, 2013, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. The 2012 show enjoyed increased traffic over prior years, particularly from international attendees.

Buyers and exhibitors who visit looking to register for next year can easily find up-to-date information, as well as a newly updated News page. The show is endorsed by the National Costumers Association, the Halloween Industry Association and the International Balloon Association as well as Party Club of America and Paper First Affiliates, who conduct their annual meetings in conjunction with the show. The Expo is also home to the Halloween Costume Style Show, Industry Gala hosted by Party and Paper Retailer and Rubie’s Annual Halloween Bash.


When the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show first opened its doors back in 2006, the folks at Showproco figured the breakdown of buyers would be evenly split between licensed sports retailers and sellers of outdoor tailgating items. What they did not anticipate was a surge of interest among souvenir, gift and novelty buyers.

Six years later, the numbers say it all. The single largest group of attendees (after distributors) at the Las Vegas event identify themselves as buyers from Gift/Souvenir/Specialty Shops. Roughly 17 percent of the buyers working the aisles (over 1,000 total) are now shopping for these types of retail locations. And early registration shows that trend is continuing.

Licensed and Tailgating are hot categories that offer a wide array of products designed to bring consumers through the doors. “And with each passing year, we have become the place to find those items before the competition does,” said Marti Soroka, director, Buyer Relations.

The annual post-show survey indicated that, in 2012, 56 percent of all attendees came to the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show to shop both categories. The next-largest group behind gift and novelty retailers was sporting goods, at 14 percent. Buyers from Department Stores and Wholesale Clubs made up a combined 8 percent.

According to Soroka, the show has made a concerted effort the last few years to attract gift and novelty retailers, and the results speak for themselves. Buyers in this category also rank among the highest percentage of returnees. As further evidence of their increasing stake in the Sports Licensing and Tailgate industries, gift and novelty retailers have also begun to show up in the nominations for the Rising Star Retailer Awards.

Additionally, the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show 2013 has moved to a new location. The show will take place January 1719, 2013, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall.

Urban Expositions

Urban Expositions to Relocate the October 20-22, 2012 Gulf Coast Gift Show to the Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort in Panama City Beach, Fla.
Urban Expositions has announced plans to relocate the October 20-22, 2012 Gulf Coast Gift Show from Fort Walton Beach, Florida’s Emerald Coast Convention Center to the Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort in Panama City Beach, Fla. The move marks a return to the show’s original location in Panama City.

“We are pleased to be able to bring the Gulf Coast Gift Show back to Panama City. The award-winning Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort in Panama City provides the best of both worlds - an excellent full-service resort/convention facility in the location our buyers and exhibitors prefer. We look forward to building this event while maintaining the fun, relaxing business environment it is known for,” said Urban Expositions President Doug Miller.

Offering retailers from the Florida Panhandle and surrounding areas to New Orleans an opportunity to get a jump on their 2013 spring/summer resort buying, the Gulf Coast Gift Show at Panama City Beach features a tremendous selection of merchandise that has been truly customized to reflect the buying interests of the Florida Panhandle and surrounding Gulf Coast tourist trade.

Show attendees can see the best selection of resort and tourist merchandise so close to home, including: souvenirs, beach items, resort wear, T-shirts, general giftware, logo products, fashion accessories, shell items, coastal and nautical themed products, toys and games and much more. Show hours are: Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m. 6 p.m.; Sunday, October 21, 9 a.m. 6 p.m.; and Monday, October 22, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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