Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WINTER LAS VEGAS MARKET PROVING ITSELF AS A GALA EVENT

According to Robert Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers, the Winter Las Vegas Market of 2012 was the strongest in three years.


Las Vegas Market officials reported significant increases in attendance by retailers, interior designers, and international buyers - especially those from Canada, Latin America and the Middle East. Compared to the winter market a year ago, 14% more companies were in attendance, and more than 4,000 buyers attended the Las Vegas Market for the first time.

Compared to the summer market of 2011, the winter market of 2012 saw a 23% increase in buyers, a 31% increase in attendance by interior designers, a 19% increase in home accessories buyers, a 9% increase in floor coverings buyers, and a 21% increase in furniture buyers.

Global Views CEO David Gebhart said Las Vegas has a zest about it. "We got to work hand in hand with our customers to educate them on trends and color palettes. There was a noticeable uptick in traffic and business in general. We were very pleased."
Jason Phillips, vice president creative director for The Phillips Collection, said the Las Vegas Market best reaches its west coast customers but also has growing attendance from east coast and international buyers. "The city has established itself firmly as a national and international Market," he said.
 

SOURCE: The Business Journal

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