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The International Gift Exposition in the Smokies and the Souvenir Super Show

IGES/SSS Announces that Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Voters Pass Liquor By the Glass

In a landslide victory, Pigeon Forge voters recently passed the law allowing restaurants to serve liquor by the glass. This has historical significance since Pigeon Forge, for years, remained the only “dry” city in the area - located between Sevierville and Gatlinburg, where liquor by the glass has long attracted business people, conventions and tourists from across the country.

Buyers and exhibitors attending the International Gift Exposition in the Smokies and the Souvenir Super Show in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge this November may be able to relax with a cocktail one evening at the newest Margaritaville! Since the new liquor law has gone into effect, negotiations have reignited between the city of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and many national restaurant chains including Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and the Hard Rock Café.

Buyers and exhibitors alike can jump onto a shuttle, following a productive day at IGES/SSS November 5th – 9th, 2013, and head out to relax and enjoy a wonderful dinner and a cocktail in either Pigeon Forge or Sevierville this year. IGES/SSS has two venues for 2013! Their show takes place this year at their flagship location, the beautiful Sevierville Convention Center and the new, long-awaited LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. Since both cities now serve liquor by the glass, IGES guests can “kick off their boots” and unwind after a long, productive day at the show! It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!!

SEE YOU IN THE SMOKIES NOVEMBER 5TH – 9TH, 2013! THE BIGGEST! THE BEST! THE MOST!


The Miami Wholesale - Asia America Trade Show

The Miami Wholesale - Asia America TradeShow Offers Show Booth Discounts

The Miami Wholesale - Asia America Trade Show confirms its commitment to the exhibitors in this industry and to all those companies that are targeting buyers from the Caribbean, Central and South America and the Miami and Florida markets with show booth discounts and top-quality customer service.

This the original Miami Wholesale - Asia America Trade Show is now in its fourth year and held at the prestigious Miami Beach Convention Center on October 1, 2 and 3, 2013

The Miami Wholesale Asia America Trade Show, with over 8,000 buyers, has proven itself as Miami’s number one wholesale show. Exhibit with the “pros” in these markets. Please take advantage of current show booth discounts.


Urban Expositions

Urban Expositions Announces Sales Team, Exceeds Initial Sales Goals for New Semi-Annual Windy City Gift Show

Urban Expositions has announced the exhibit sales team for the Windy City Gift Show, its new semi-annual exhibition set to debut January 18-21, 2014 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill. Led by Show Executive Director Marilyn Anderson-McGriff, the team will also include Show Director Stacey Barrett, who comes to Urban from Merchandise Mart Properties Inc.’s (MMPI) Chicago Market and Sales Associate Lindsey Anderson. The team will report to Joan Ulrich, vice president of New Business Development for Urban Expositions.

“We have assembled the perfect team to help us achieve our goal of reestablishing the Chicagoland area as the premier trade center for gift retailers throughout the Midwest and surrounding areas,” said Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions. “Their extensive sales expertise and gift industry experience, coupled with a deep understanding of the specialized needs of the regional marketplace, ensure that they’ll bring together a broad and deep product selection custom-tailored to reflect the regional tastes and interests of the region - a factor that will also offer appeal to top national retailers as well.”

Marilyn Anderson-McGriff 

Since announcing the new semi-annual show in January of 2013, sales for the January 18-21, 2014 are already tracking significantly ahead of schedule. Urban anticipates the debut winter edition will open with more than 1,000 lines in four well-balanced product categories, including Gifts, Handcrafted, Design Chicago and Treasures To Go (immediate delivery).  The summer edition is scheduled for July 26-29, 2014.

As Show Executive Director, Marilyn Anderson-McGriff will oversee and direct all sales and operations for the Windy City Gift Show. Anderson-McGriff also oversees sales and operations for Urban Expositions’ Philadelphia Gift Show, a role she has held for the past 12 years. During her career with Urban, Marilyn has overseen and directed sales efforts for a number of the company’s other shows as well. Prior to joining Urban, Marilyn managed operations for Messe Frankfurt. Previously she served as sales manager for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  

Stacey Barrett

Stacey Barrett joins Urban Expositions as Show Director. In her new role, she will manage sales and operations for the Windy City Gift Show. Stacey comes to Urban from MMPI where she served as Director of Sales for the semi-annual Chicago Market temporary show for the past five years. She joined MMPI in 2008 as a sales associate for the company’s gift division. In addition to her solid sales/industry wholesale side experience, Stacey also brings a keen understanding of retail to the new position as well. Before joining MMPI, Stacey worked for Fossil serving as the Territory Account Manager of specialty accounts for the Midwest region. Prior to that she was an assistant buyer for Claire’s Stores, Inc. She was graduated from Southern Illinois University. 


Made in America Section to Debut at Seattle Gift Show in August 2013

Consolidated Selection To Help Retailers Easily Discover Creative American-Made Designs Today’s Consumers Seek

To further strengthen its support of the Buy Local/Made in America movement, Urban Expositions will add a Made In America category to the Seattle Gift Show. Makings it debut during the August 17-20, 2013 edition at the Washington State Convention Center, the new section will offer retailers a convenient, comprehensive resource for discovering the quality, American-made gifts and accessories consumers are increasingly looking for today.

“The Seattle Gift Show has always been a resource for creative, unique, American-made items and we wanted to take the selection to the next level by creating and promoting a special section dedicated exclusively to this important category,” explained Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions, owners/producers of the Seattle Gift Show.  “Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for retailers to find these items. It’s just one more way we can all work together to help support the United States economy and promote job growth here at home.”

“As a small business owner for more than 32 years, I can’t express enough the importance of carrying Made in America merchandise,” noted Terry Heiman, Metropolis, Seattle, Wash. “My customers turn away from items made in China. When I point out merchandise that is made locally, therefore Made in America, it impresses them. They always have a good thought in return. The returned focus on Made in America products is a return for the better.”

The new Made In America section now joins the eight other show categories comprising the extensive selection at the Seattle Gift Show, including Food Focus, Gifts & Collectibles, Handcrafted, Home & Garden, Northwest Directions, Personal Style, Treasures To Go (Cash & Carry, including Village arts and Fine Jewelry) and the Vintage Collection.   Located next to the Handcrafted and Gift & Collectibles sections on the show floor, the Made In America section will showcase a wide range of products, including tableware, jewelry/fashion accessories, folk art, pottery, candles, furniture, garden décor, textiles, gourmet foods, stationery, personal accessories and much more.

“Made in America merchandise is our strongest growing product category,” said Chris Lake, retail director, ARAMARK Parks & Destinations. “Supporting local artisans throughout our destinations enhances our ongoing mission of an authentic guest experience. By providing an exclusive marketplace to showcase this category, Urban Expositions brings visibility and credibility to the growing emphasis on Made in America products.”

“I’m very excited to hear about Seattle’s Made in America section,” added Mimi Tappenbeck, retail buyer, Xanterra Parks & Resorts. “As a retail buyer for many of our beautiful national parks, it’s very important to have quality Made in America products available to our guests. I’m anxious to see what products are available, under one roof, versus searching online!”

According to Federal Trade Commission regulations, a product has to be “all or virtually all” produced in the United States to use the “Made in America” qualification on its packaging or advertising. To qualify for the Seattle Gift Show Made In America section, products must be constructed in the United States from a minimum 70 percent or more domestically produced materials.



New Resources, New Vision: July 19-22, 2013 California Gift Show Gains Exhibitors, Buyer Services and Momentum for the July 2013 Edition

As the second edition under Urban Expositions management, the July 19-22, 2013 California Gift Show returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center with an expanded roster of exhibitors and buyer services. Bringing even more top name lines, classic best-sellers and up-and-coming companies together with a host of money and time-saving buyer amenities like free parking, deeply discounted hotel rates, and a full line-up of free educational seminars, the revitalized California Gift Show is yet another step closer to reestablishing the Southern California marketplace as a leading trend, product and style resource.

“Based on the feedback we received on improvements people saw on the show floor and in our service offerings during the January 2013 edition, the first under our management, we know the California Gift Show is headed in the right direction,” said Miller. “The momentum is building as evidenced not only by the renewals and new contracts we’re receiving from vendors, but from the steady post-show input we are still receiving from retailers. We will continue to pour significant resources into creating a show environment that brings together the best possible combination of product and services this region has long needed and deserved.”

Summer 2013 market highlights include: Expanded Product Selection Retailers can look for an expanded selection during the July California Gift Show. To maximize buyer’s shopping experience, all exhibitors will be featured in nine easy-to-work categories on the show floor–all ideally suited for the fashion-forward, trend-driven Southern California Marketplace. Product categories include:

Gifts - The largest section of the show, this vast and versatile giftware selection will incorporate a number of sub categories, including gourmet, seasonal, plush and toys.

Design LA - Design-led merchandise custom-tailored for the Southern California marketplace, including contemporary and innovative product lines that cut across all categories, including giftware, home decor, tabletop and more.

Handcrafted - A unique section featuring international and domestic artisans, designers and manufacturers of handmade merchandise.

Personal Style - This category includes spa products, jewelry and accessories.

Outdoor Living - Focusing on the casual lifestyle unique to Southern California including casual furnishing and garden.

Boardwalk - Featuring souvenir, resort, beach apparel and board sport resources.

World Style - International artisans showcasing ethnic crafts in all categories.

Jewelry Cash & Carry - A wide range of fine and fashion jewelry, fashion accessories and other items - all available for immediate delivery to the trade.

VINTAGE- Vintage, antique and one-of-a-kind items appropriate for display as well as resale - all available for immediate release to the trade and restocked daily.




One Badge, Two Shows: LA Gift and Home Market Week

The tremendous selection at the California Gift Show (Friday, July 19 – Monday, July 22) comes together with the permanent showrooms at the LA Mart (Wednesday, July 17- Monday, July 22 | lamart.com ) to offer an unprecedented collection of leading lines and resources. For added convenience, each location will honor the other’s admission badges and complimentary shuttle service will run between both locations.

Free Parking for Pre-Registered Buyers at the Los Angeles Convention Center Lot

Urban Expositions is offering free parking to buyers who pre-register and arrive early to park at Los Angeles Convention Center lot (offer valid at this lot only – up to $12 on Friday, July 19 and Monday, July 22 and $15 on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21.).  When they pre-register, buyers will receive a special parking rebate coupon along with their badges in the pre-registration packet. To receive the parking rebate, buyers need only present this coupon at the parking rebate desk on the show floor, along with the Los Angeles Convention Center lot parking receipt, buyer badge and photo ID.

Expanded Buyer Education Program

Buyers will find a full-scale educational seminar series at the July show. Running throughout the show, all programs are free to registered buyers.

“Launching Pad” Product Preview Area

Before stepping onto the show floor, buyers should make a point to explore the new “Launching Pad” product preview area. Here they will get a sneak preview of new introductions and best-selling designs they’ll see on the show floor.

Spotlight on Fair Trade, Eco-Friendly and Handmade Products

Fair Trade, eco-friendly and handmade products are key growth areas for the California Gift Show. To help retailers quickly locate the many resources they’ll find at the show, special Fair Trade, Green By Design and Handcrafted Resource Lists will be featured on the show’s website and in the official show directory.

Show Specials

A number of exhibitors will be offering various savings on their lines and other discounts during all four days of the show. Buyers can pick up a show directory for a complete listing of participating companies and special offers.

Discounted Hotel Rates

Urban Expositions is buying down the rates of already discounted hotel rooms to offer retailers the best possible room rates for the summer show. To review rates and make a reservation, visit the travel section of the California Gift Show website www.californiagiftshow.com

Visit www.californiagiftshow.com for the latest show news. For more information on exhibiting, contact Dirk von Gal at dvongal@urban-expo.com . For information on attending, contact Briana Mackey at 678.831.4573 or bmackey@urban-expo.com


Make a Splash: Fort Lauderdale Gift Show Returns August 24-27, 2013

Returning August 24-27, 2013 for its sixth edition at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, the Fort Lauderdale Gift Show is making a splash among South Florida and Caribbean retailers because of its cost-effective, easily accessible all category product selection.

“The Fort Lauderdale Gift Show continues to make a positive impression as an affordable fly-in or drive-in tradeshow destination for South Florida and Caribbean retailers,” said Miller. “The show’s timing, growing exhibitor base and reputation as a solid product resource make it a great opportunity to shop, restock and truly liven up their merchandise assortment before the busy season.”

Featuring hundreds of lines of gift products, the Fort Lauderdale Gift Show will showcase new lines and popular best-sellers in virtually every category, including: general giftware; greeting cards, paper goods and social stationery; destination, resort and tourist merchandise; shell items; jewelry and fashion accessories; toys and games; decorative accessories; tabletop; logo products; gourmet products; garden gifts and much more. The show will also feature a special section of jewelry and fashion accessories available for immediate delivery to the trade.

In addition to product, retailers attending the August 2013 Fort Lauderdale Gift Show will also be able to take advantage of free seminars, as well as a number of special buyer incentives.

Show Highlights include: Buyer Educational Offerings

The August edition will feature a top notch educational program where retailers can learn low budget, high impact ideas to boost their profits. All registered buyers are invited to attend these free sessions.

Super Sunday Specials

Many exhibitors will be offering additional savings on show orders placed on Sunday, August 25.

Free Freight Monday

A number of exhibitors will also be offering free freight on orders placed during the show on Monday, August 26.

Buy More. Spend Less. Stay Local.

Urban Expositions has negotiated discounted hotel rates in the Fort Lauderdale area for added attendee convenience. Retailers can take advantage of these low rates by contacting Urban Expositions Official Housing Company, Connections at 855.246.URBAN (8722) or by visiting the travel section of the show site, www.ftlauderdalegiftshow.com

Buyer Information

For buyer information or to pre-register, visit www.ftlauderdalegiftshow.com or call Buyer Relations Representative Cece Lee at 678.370.0332 or toll free 1.800.318.2238 x 0332 or email: clee@urban-expo.com

Exhibitor Information

For exhibitor information on the Fort Lauderdale Gift Show, contact Urban Expositions show director Erica Davidson at 678.370.0347 or edavidson@urban-expo.com.


July 27-29, 2013 Orlando Gift Show Is Made to Order for Florida’s Gift Retailers

Running from July 27-29, 2013, the summer edition of the Orlando Gift Show and Orlando Cash & Carry Show at the Orange County Convention Center’s West Concourse (Hall C) is made to order for retailers throughout Florida’s central and north regions. Conveniently located in the center of the state, this popular semi-annual event will bring together a tremendous selection of new resources and proven gift and souvenir lines in every product category to give these retailers a one-stop resource for all their ordering needs.

“Florida retailers return to the semi-annual Orlando Gift Show each year because the show’s central location makes it an easily to reach an affordable trade show destination to place orders and pick up a wide selection of impulse items in time for their busy season. In addition, show attendees and exhibitors can also benefit from the show’s low hotel rates and take advantage of savings on attraction tickets and dining during their stay,” said Miller.

Among the highlights for the July 2013 show:

One-Stop Shopping

Florida retailers come to the Orlando Gift Show to see the best-selling designs and newest introductions from major manufacturers and key Southeastern sales representatives showcasing items in virtually every product category, including general giftware, home and garden accents, gourmet gifts, party and paper goods, tabletop, holiday/seasonal, collectibles, souvenir/resort merchandise, stationery, bed, bath, and linen and more.

Orlando Cash & Carry Show

As a “show within a show,” the Orlando Cash & Carry Show rounds out the tremendous selection of the Orlando Gift Show with a wide array of items available for immediate delivery to the trade ranging from general giftware, fashion accessories and jewelry to garden gifts, logo products, resort/tourist merchandise and more.

In addition to products, the Orlando Gift Show features money and time-saving buyer incentives too, including:

Parking Rebate Coupon for Pre-Registered Buyers: Buyers who pre-register for the summer show will receive a special parking rebate coupon by mail along with their free admission badges. To redeem the parking rebate coupon, buyers will present their parking rebate coupon, Orange County Convention Center parking receipt and July 2013 buyer badge at the show information desk onsite to receive a $5 parking rebate.

Super Sunday Specials: A number of exhibitors will be offering specials on Sunday, July 28th only. Retailers should make a point to shop the show on this day to take advantage of discounts, dating and other exclusive offers valid on orders placed on this day only. A list of participating exhibitors will be available at the registration desk.

Free Freight Monday: Many exhibitors will be offering discounted or free freight on select orders placed on Monday, July 29th only. A complete list of participating exhibitors will be available at the registration desk.

Free Business Building Educational Programs All registered buyers are invited to attend free educational seminars offering a wealth of ideas and tips.

Buyer Information:

For buyer information or to pre-register, visit www.orlandogiftshow.com or call Buyer Relations Representative Cece Lee at 678.370.0332 or toll free 1.800.318.2238 x 0332 or email: clee@urban-expo.com

Exhibitor Information:

For more information on exhibiting in the Orlando Gift Show, contact Matt Miller, show manager, Urban Expositions, 1690 Roberts Blvd NW, Suite 111, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Phone: 678.370.0343 or 1.800.318.2238 ext. 343; Fax: 678.285.7469; Email: mmiller@urban-expo.com or contact Evan Shoda, sales manager, Urban Expositions, 1690 Roberts Blvd NW, Suite 111, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Phone: 678.370.0322 or 1.800.318.2238 ext. 322; Fax: 678.285.7469; Email: eshoda@urban-expo.com.



July 2013 Philadelphia Gift Show Puts Spotlight on New Outdoor Elements Product Sector, Buyer Services

To further strengthen the Philadelphia Gift Show’s position as a one-stop product resource for retailers throughout the mid-Atlantic and tri-state region, Urban Expositions will highlight new “Outdoor Elements” product offerings during the July 21-24, 2013 edition at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Pa. Filling a product void in the region’s marketplace with a wide selection of outdoor furnishings, garden accents and gifts, the new sector joins the all-category show’s growing roster of product resources with time and money-saving buyer services to continue bringing retailers a comprehensive, cost-effective and convenient resource for all their restocking needs.

“The Philadelphia Gift Show has always offered an easily accessible, casual, cost-effective suburban venue for the region’s retailers to find the industry’s main lines and top regional sales representative groups,” said Miller. “But we are always looking for ways to grow our product selection and we saw the opportunity to add new cross-over buying and selling opportunities to the Philadelphia Gift Show by expanding our outdoor furnishings and garden accents and gift offerings.”

The offerings of the new Outdoor Elements sector target the specialized product needs of the region’s hardware stores, garden centers, nurseries, mail order catalogs and others. Bringing together a wide range of outdoor products, including furniture, garden tools and gifts, statuary, planters/pots, birding and nature items, water garden supplies and more, this new section will provide the perfect complement to other resources at this all-category gift show.

This new sector now joins other key product focus areas for the show, including:

Made In The USA: The Philadelphia Gift Show has always had a strong representation of Made In The USA products and for Summer 2013, Urban Expositions will expand these substantial offerings with even more American-made gift and home accents.

Home Accents: Building on the show’s selection, retailers will now find even more indoor/outdoor furniture, home textiles, home accessories, floor coverings, wall décor, lighting, garden accents and designer/artisan items.

Handcrafted: A popular attraction at the Philadelphia Gift Show, the Handcrafted section now includes two pavilions: Made in the USA and International. This category brings together artisans and designers showcasing a wide variety of handmade creations, including fine and fashion jewelry, wood, metal and glass designs, and home furnishings and accessories.

Child’s Play: Showcasing the latest for babies and toddlers, kids, tweens/teens, mothers-to-be and all family members, including apparel, baby items/gear, furniture/bedding, giftware, layette, toys, plush and other juvenile items

Gourmet, Candy and Confection: A delectable selection of candy, chocolate, gourmet specialty items, nuts, fudge, coffee, candy-making equipment, container and more – all from the tastiest lines in the industry.

In addition to product, the show features a wide range of buyer services, including:

Hotel Rates Starting As Low As $39 For Buyers

Buyers can take advantage of significant hotel savings, including room rates as low as $39, by booking early.  For a full roster of hotels and rates, visit www.philadelphiagiftshow.com or call (855) 246-8722.  Many of these hotels will offer complimentary shuttle services to and from the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

Free Buyer Seminar Series

Take advantage of free seminars ranging from ways to tap into the shop local campaign and buy and sell American-made products to social media, merchandising and more - all designed to give buyers the tools to build upon their success. Led by industry experts, buyers can participate in a range of educational programs designed to inform and educate.

Goody Bag Giveaway:

The first 150 buyers to arrive on Monday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 24 will receive a special tote bag and a list of participating exhibitors.  Buyers can then walk the show and pick up free product samples from the booths of participating exhibitors.  Stay For The Last Day, Retailers should plan to stay and shop on Wednesday, July 24 to enjoy even lower hotel rates, a complimentary lunch, goody bag giveaway and a full range of exhibitor show specials valid on this day only.

For exhibitor information, contact Philadelphia Gift Show Executive Director Marilyn Anderson McGriff at 678.370.0362, mmcgriff@urban-expo.com; Show Director Jeannie Dorchak at 678.370.0340, jdorchak@urban-expo.com, and Sales Associate Lindsey Anderson at 678.370.0323, landerson@urban-expo.com. For buyer information or to pre-register, attendees can call Buyer Relations Director Whitney Van Atta at 678.370.0329, wvanatta@urban-expo.com or visit www.philadelphiagiftshow.com.



See What’s Trending in Seattle August 17-20, 2013

New Made in the USA Pavilion, Saturday - Tuesday Date Pattern Headline Seattle Gift Show Summer Edition

As the Pacific Northwest’s launching pad for breaking trends and product introductions, the August 17-20, 2013 Seattle Gift Show returns to its traditional Saturday - Tuesday date pattern with a new Made In the USA pavilion and a growing exhibitor roster. Held at the Washington State Convention Center, the summer edition will bring even more top name lines and emerging companies together with a host of time and money-saving buyer services to help retailers create a trend-driven merchandise assortment custom-tailored to the needs and interests of the region’s consumer audience.

“The Seattle Gift Show has always been a resource for creative, unique, American-made items. Now, we are taking the selection to the next level by creating and promoting a special section dedicated exclusively to this important category,” said Miller. “And with a wide range of buyer services available - from discounted hotels, free seminars, exhibitor show specials and more, retailers will find everything they need in a cost-effective, comprehensive environment.”

The new Made In the USA Pavilion is designed to offer retailers a convenient resource for discovering the quality, American-made gifts and accessories consumers are increasingly looking for today. According to Federal Trade Commission regulations, a product has to be “all or virtually all” produced in the United States to use the “Made in America” qualification on its packaging or advertising. To qualify for the Seattle Gift Show Made in America pavilion, products must be constructed in the United States from a minimum 70 percent or more domestically produced product. The all-category selection will include Tableware, Jewelry/Fashion Accessories, Folk Art, Pottery, Candles, Furniture, Garden Décor, Textiles, Gourmet Foods, Stationery, Personal accessories and much more

Other summer show highlights include:

More Eco Friendly, Green By Design Resources - The Pacific Northwest has long been a leader in the effort to increase awareness of environmental issues, with the city of Seattle leading this charge. Like the city itself, the Seattle Gift Show continues to focus on bringing together green and eco-friendly products and resources and the August edition will welcome even more green companies to its growing ranks. Exhibitors with products that fall under the green, sustainable, organic and recycled category will be listed in a special ECO listing on the website and in the official show directory to help retailers quickly and easily identify these companies.

Expanded Selection

Retailers can explore more resources than ever before from hundreds of companies representing more than 3,000 plus top name lines and innovative newcomers in a range of categories. In addition to Eco-Friendly resources, buyers can explore the latest designs all conveniently categorized into the following sectors on the show floor: Food Focus, Gifts & Collectibles, Handcrafted, Made in the USA, Home & Garden, Northwest Directions, Personal Style, Treasures To Go (Cash & Carry), Vintage Collection and Village Arts.

Free Buyer Seminars

All registered buyers are invited to attend free educational seminars offering a wealth of ideas and tips. Programs will range from social media and customer recognition to marketing and more.

Additional On-site Buyer Services

In addition to the educational series and the tremendous product selection buyers will find in the booths, a number of striking product displays and other programs will be featured throughout the show, including:

Product Preview Area - Many exhibitors will showcase their newest, trend-setting products in the special Product Preview Area, allowing buyers to preview the “must have” items for 2013. Take note of the special “green” displayed products as well.

Free Show Specials - Many exhibitors will be offering unique specials or discounts designed for the Seattle Gift Show attendees only.

Parking Rebates - Retailers who pre- register are eligible for a parking rebate of up to $6. When they pre-register, they will receive a special rebate coupon along with their badges and pre-show information in the mail in advance of the show to help cut costs and make shopping the show even more affordable.

Monday Madness - Many exhibitors will also be offering discounts and specials available for Monday, August 19 only.

Popcorn Social, Coffee and Pastries - Retailers can once again count on taking a moment for a few treats from the Seattle Gift Show, including a popcorn social during the show, as well as free coffee and pastries in the morning.

Hotel Accommodations – Discounted Room Rates

For discounted hotel accommodations, buyers should call Connections at (855) 246-8722 or visit www.giftshowhotels.com to take advantage of deeply discounted room rates.

Buyer Information

For attendee information or to pre-register, attendee can visit www.seattlegiftshow.com or contact Buyer Relations Representative Briana Mackey at 678.831.4573 or email bmackey@urban-expo.com.

Exhibitor Information

For exhibitor information about the Seattle Gift Show, contact Lisa Glosson, show director, Urban Expositions, 1690 Roberts Blvd, Ste 111, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Phone: 678.370.0334 or 800.318.2238 x 334. Fax: 678.285.7469; Email: lgosson@urban-expo.com. Visit www.seattlegiftshow.com for more information.



Upscale Designs and Unique Finds Have Western Region and National Retailers Setting Sail for July 2013 San Francisco International Gift Fair

The San Francisco International Gift Fair (SFIGF) returns to Moscone Center from July 27-30, 2013 with even more top-selling lines and new product resources, a top-notch educational program and a full range of buyer services for retailers to explore. Drawn by the show’s growing reputation as a key resource for upscale designs and unique finds, top western region and national retail buyers can expect to see countless new designs and future best-sellers to freshen their product mix.

“The San Francisco International Gift Fair continues to attract a strong presence of top western region and national retailers who come here to find the ’new’ and ’different,’ which in turn, is drawing even more top name manufacturers and budding designers to our growing exhibitor base,” said Miller. “This show is the optimum Western region trade show destination for retailers who are looking to put the wind in their sales and gain that competitive edge.”

The July 2013 edition will feature thousands of lines conveniently organized into 11 product sectors on the show floor, including: Gifts & Collectibles, American-Made Handcrafted, Design, Home & Garden, Museum, Personal Style, Tabletop, Gourmet & Housewares, Treasures to Go, Village Arts, Vintage Collection and World Style Handcrafted.

Show Highlights include:

Buy More. Spend Less. Stay Local.

Urban Expositions will be buying down the rates on the show’s already discounted hotels to offer buyers significant savings at hotels conveniently located near Moscone Center. Retailers can take advantage of these low rates by contacting Urban Expositions Official Housing Company, Connections at 855.246.URBAN (8722) or by visiting the travel section of the show site, www.sfigf.com.

See Even More Tabletop, Gourmet and Housewares Resources This Summer

As famous for its restaurants and food trends as it is for its Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars, San Francisco is the perfect trade show city to focus on this exciting sector. From kitchen gadgets and small electrics to specialty food, tabletop and dinnerware, buyers will benefit from an expanded presence of cutting edge designs and innovations from many of the industry’s top lines.

Green By Design – The SFIGF continues to take the lead in offering a wide range of green/eco-friendly product resources. Pick up the official show directory for a complete list of exhibiting companies showcasing products or items that are made from green, sustainable, biodegradable, organic, recycled and reclaimed items.

Wine Country - With San Francisco’s close proximity to California’s World Famous Wine Country, the SFIGF features a number of companies showcasing a variety of wine accessories and gifts as well as at-home wine tasting party products that cater directly to wine enthusiasts.

Onsite Buyer Services

SFIGF offers a full roster of buyer services and amenities including:

Buyer Educational Offerings:

The July edition will feature a top-notch educational program where retailers can learn low budget, high impact ideas to boost their profits. All registered buyers are invited to attend these free sessions. Terrific Tuesday - Buyers can take advantage of show specials being offered by participating exhibitors on Tuesday, July 30. Show specials being offered may include free freight and special pricing available on select orders. A complete list of participating exhibitors will be available at the show registration desk.

Transportation Rebate Program – Buyers are encouraged to stop by the show’s Transportation Rebate Desk along with their buyer badge and parking/transportation receipt to receive a $10 transportation credit.

Exhibitor/Attendee Information

For more information on exhibiting, contact Leanna John at 678.370.0330 or ljohn@urban-expo.com. For information on attending, contact Briana Mackey at 678.831.4573 or bmackey@urban-expo.com or Jhana Jordan at 678.370.0338 or jjordan@urban-expo.com.







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