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New Study Documents AmericasMart Economic Impact at Record Highs
AmericasMart Atlanta’s global wholesale trade operations have set new all-time performance records in an exhaustive independent study of the 7.1-million-square-foot trade mart/trade show complex’s impact on the local and regional economy, according to Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer.

The study-The Economic Impact of AmericasMart Atlanta—was designed, executed and reported by Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Associate Dean Sally Wallace and Economics Professor David L. Sjoquist. The landmark research documents AmericasMart’s performance over the 12-month period ending August 31, 2014, its most recent reporting period. The 2014 study follows previous studies measuring comparable performance metrics in 2005, 2001 and 1996.  Key findings of the new study show that AmericasMart:

Contributed $560.9 million to the Atlanta economy, an increase of 17.3 percent over its 2005 contribution.

Generated $198.0 million in total income for the Atlanta economy.

Created 6,817 jobs for the Atlanta economy.

Generated 556,000 hotel room-night occupancies.

Increased local government revenue by $19.2 million.

Increased state revenue by $20.2 million.

Brought more than 400,000 people to Atlanta to attend its 14 annual markets and daily operations.

AmericasMart Names September 2015 Best of Atlanta and Best of Show Winners

AmericasMart® Atlanta has announced the winners of its annual Best of Atlanta awards celebrating the top gourmet food products in its permanent and temporary collections. The awards were adjudicated during The Atlanta Gourmet Market® last September.

Winners were designated based on taste, overall appeal and packaging/presentation as selected by industry experts.

The winners were Fox Point Farms, Sweet Shop’s, Robert Rothschild Farm’s, Wine-a-Rita’s, Columbia Empire Farms’, J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works’, Grits Bits’, Sable & Rosenfeld and Plentiful Pantry.

Halloween & Party Expo

The Event for Halloween, Harvest and Seasonal Party Merchandising Needs

With over 300 exhibitors from around the globe at the Halloween & Party Expo, attendees will find the products their customers will love, everything from home décor, seasonal party products and tableware to costumes, accessories and candy.

The show experience includes:

Tame Your Fears in the Haunted House. Attendees wouldn’t mind waiting on line as they move through a re-created New Orleans cemetery alive with zombies, Dia de los Muertos, vampires, Frankenstein’s monster and werewolves.

Experience a Ghost Sighting. With holographic technology by Zebra Imprints you’ll see first-hand realistic, three-dimensional ghoulish figures lingering around the haunted house.

Join the Parade of Characters. You will not be able to resist the music each afternoon as local performers lead a daily parade through the show floor to the Bloody Mary Mixer.

Celebrate the Industry. The Brewin - Boos and Booze Industry Party - Open to all badge holders, this late night gathering provides you with the opportunity to mingle with industry professionals while enjoying music, dancing, drinks and more. And of course costumes are strongly encouraged.

Learn from the industry experts:

Attend the two-day Independent Retailer Conference, focused on helping you run your retail business more successful. Conveniently held directly on the exhibit floor with quick 15-minute-long pop-up sessions so you can learn while still spending quality time with exhibitors. Each day includes A Power Hour offering a more in-depth look at today’s hottest retail topics.

The Halloween and party business is all about celebration-come celebrate your success alongside industry colleagues and friends in the heart of carnival!

Paperworld China

China International Stationery and Office Supplies Exhibition Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China
15-17 October 2015

Paperworld China has made a name for itself after many years of development. Heavyweight manufacturers see the show as a gateway to both local and overseas markets.

As attendance at Paperworld China has become a requisite for those in the region, it continues to sign a number of new overseas brands as well as returning key brands for the fair. Paperworld China is the leading international trade fair in China for the stationery, office and artist supplies industry and the 11th edition will be held 15-17 October 2015 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Hall N1 - N2.

To both overseas and Chinese enterprises, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are seen as a launch pad to the ample domestic market. Shanghai is a key economic indicator in China and its consumer market has been growing rapidly. In 2014, retail sales of consumer goods in Shanghai increased 8.3 percent year-on-year to top RMB 871.9 billion (approx. USD148.7 billion), registering an annual growth rate of 11 percent on average from 2009 to 2014.”

Aside from many foremost manufacturers, buyers will also be able to source a wide spectrum of products such as writing instruments, paper and printing products.

Paperworld China is organized by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd., the China Chamber of Commerce for I/E of Light Industrial Products & Arts-Crafts and Guangzhou Foreign Trade South China Exhibition Corp Ltd.

(For more information about the show, visit or email

Other shows under the Paperworld brand include:

Hong Kong International Stationery Fair 11 - 14 January 2016, Hong Kong

Paperworld 30 January - 2 February 2016, Frankfurt

Paperworld Middle East & Playworld Middle East 1 - 3 March 2016, Dubai

(For more details about these fairs, please visit

Surf Expo

Surf Expo September 2015 Wraps Up With Success
Strong Showing of New Brands and New Buyers Added to Vibrant Three-Day Marketplace

Surf Expo connects buyers with products and brands in the boardsports, resort and beach lifestyle marketplace. The September 2015 edition of the show achieved just that, with more than 2,300 exhibitors, 300-plus new brands and buyers from 47 states and 68 countries.

The show floor offered a vibrant and diverse array of product categories all of which have water in their DNA. Categories included Surf, Wake, Wind, SUP, Skate, Swim, Footwear, Boutique, Resort and Gift as well as several emerging categories including Coastal Gift, Performance, Tech and Freedive.

“Surf Expo’s September event continues to evolve into an all-encompassing water and resort marketplace. If a business is influenced in any way by water and the lifestyles that surround it, Surf Expo is the place to be. The breadth of product mix and exhibitors provides multiple buying opportunities for our attendees,” said Surf Expo Show Director and SVP Roy Turner.

The show saw a 9 percent increase in retail store attendance, with buyers taking advantage of the show’s crossover categories to differentiate their product mix. The show attracted nearly 2,000 first time buyers to the show. Surf Expo qualifies all buyers who register to attend, and only those who meet the retail qualifications are approved to attend the show.

“Surf Expo is an important show for me - especially when I am not able to attend gift shows. Buying for a resort boutique, Surf Expo is the place where I can see my major apparel vendors as well as coastal gift and logo items,” said Brooke Brockner, buyer and manager for Noble House Hotels & Resorts/Ocean Key Resort & Spa.

A few highlights from the show included:

Board Demo Day. Held at the Orlando Watersports Complex, more than 50 wake, wind and SUP brands showcased their latest gear and accessories for buyers to try out and test on the water.

The Neighborhood. Tucked in the heart of the surf section debuted The Neighborhood, curated with nearly 50 like-minded California lifestyle-driven brands centered on a lounge where buyers could meet up in between appointments, grab a hand-crafted coffee or toast to a successful day at happy hour.

AWSI and SUPconnect’s Wind Industry Awards. On Friday night after the show, the Association of Wind Industry (AWSI) held the Windsurf and Kitesurf Awards and the SUPconnect Editor’s Choice Awards. The standing room only event brought a record crowd representing three industries to celebrate their athletes, brands and retailers.

East Coast Hall of Fame 2016. The East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame unveiled the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees on opening day of the show. The inductees included Father of Surfing Duke Kohanamoku and 10 others who have made great contributions to the preservation of the history and heritage of East Coast Surfing. The 2016 East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Surf Expo in January 2016.

Wakeboarding Hall of Fame. The Wakeboarding Hall of Fame announced the first class of inductees at The Alliance Wake Lounge. The roster included the legendary Herb O’Brien, industry pioneers Tony Finn and Jimmy Redmon.

The Watersports Industry Association (WSIA). A silent auction held at the show by WSIA that raised $10,000 which will be donated to two wake athletes who were seriously injured in 2014; pro wakeboarder Brad Smelee and pro wakeskater Matt Manzari.

Big Pitch. Twenty Surf Expo exhibitors pitched their most innovative product to a panel of product development and merchandising experts from The Big Pitch. The panel, lead by Kevin Harrington, an original Shark from the hit show Shark Tank, will select several of the exhibitors to be included in a surf/beach themed shopping program to air in 80 million homes this fall.

PADI. The Professional Association of Diving Instructors previewed their new PADIFreediver Touch tablet-based educational materials at the show. Freediving is gaining in popularity among water and adventure enthusiasts, and is a natural crossover sport for surfing and other watersports. PADI will officially launch the new program in November 2015 and offer training in freediving as well as scuba diving.

SIMA StokesMe. Friday’s events included a charity-focused Happy Hour benefiting the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association’s (SIMA) Humanitarian Fund’s StokesMecampaign. Hosted in the Surf Section’s Neighborhood Lounge, the Happy Hour event saw a constant line of people excited to make a donation in exchange for a complimentary beer. Funds raised went straight to StokesMe’s 15 surf-focused humanitarian organizations dedicated to improving the lives, health and/or welfare of people around the world.

“It’s very rare that you have the opportunity for your reps to come in and see 100-plus accounts in three days and be able to write those orders early,” said Eric Thomas, vice president of sales, Billabong.

The next Surf Expo will be held January 14-16 2016. For information on exhibiting or attending, please visit

Urban Expositions

LAMKT, It’s All New Here
New Name, New Date Pattern, New Show Floor, New Resources for Former California Gift Show

Rebranded LAMKT, the former California Gift Show will open January 30 - February 2, 2016 with a new show floor layout, a new Saturday-Tuesday date pattern and a host of new product resources at the Los Angeles Convention Center’s South Hall. The show has undergone a complete transformation to bring Western region retailers a versatile product assortment - featuring top name lines, new product categories, California-made specialties, expanded global styles and artisan designs - all on one easy-to-navigate show floor. Backed by a promotional alliance with the LA Mart, the winter market will bring the best in new product resources to the West Coast retail audience.

“Retailers are consistently looking for new, local resources to stay one step ahead of the competition,” said Dirk von Gal, vice president of gift, Urban Expositions. “And that’s exactly what we’re going to give them. Our goal is to provide a trade show that meets the needs of our Southern California and western region retailers. We’re bringing together even more California-made products and also continuing to grow our world style sector to satisfy every facet of our customer base.”

(Visit for the latest show news. For more information on exhibiting, contact Dirk von Gal at 678-370-0345 or For information on attending, contact Joceline Arnold at 678-831-4573 or

The Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show Celebrated 10th Anniversary with 13 Percent Attendance Increase, Expanded Exhibitor Roster

The September 16-19, 2015 Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show recorded a 13 percent increase in attendance over the 2015 edition. Together with a variety of new programs, promotions and a significantly expanded exhibitor roster - including more than 175 new, first time exhibiting companies, a new Hawaii Pavilion and Made In America section - the nation’s largest souvenir and resort gift show gave retailers and vendors much to celebrate during the 10th anniversary edition.

“For the 10 year anniversary of the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show, we really wanted to celebrate how much the show has become a part of the souvenir and resort industry,” said Donna Guess, vice president of souvenir, Urban Expositions. “Each year we take feedback from our attendees and exhibitors and try to provide the best selection of product, the most networking opportunities, and the most informative educational seminars to give the industry everything they need to do successful business in a convenient and cost-effective atmosphere. Ten years in, we really feel like we’re meeting those goals and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

The 2015 edition brought together thousands of best-selling lines and new designs of souvenir and resort product in a wide range of categories, including destination, resort and tourist merchandise, souvenirs, green products, T-shirts, beach items, Made in America, coastal and nautical, lake, mountain and lodge, ski-themed products, logo products, shell items, giftware, jewelry/fashion accessories, toys/games and more. A new Hawaii Pavilion provided a versatile range of gift and resort designs in a host of categories from 19-plus leading Hawaiian manufacturers and artisans, offering retailers a fresh new one-stop resource to discover the best the islands have to offer.

“We had a great show. We set up appointments in advance, did several re-orders and were able to source some new product that we think will work well for us,” said Suzanne Tawil-Betlach, Balboa Park Visitors Center, San Diego, Calif.

Only in Orlando: February 13-15, 2016 Orlando Gift Show, Orlando Cash & Carry Show Brings So Much, So Close For Florida Retailers

Running February 13-15, 2016, the winter edition of the Orlando Gift Show and Orlando Cash & Carry Show at the Orange County Convention Center’s West Concourse (Hall C) is the one-stop resource for central and northern Florida retailers’ ordering needs. Conveniently located in the center of the state, this popular semi-annual event will deliver a diverse selection of giftware, gourmet, home accessories and souvenir and resort resources along with a full line up of buyer services, including parking rebates.

“Florida retailers depend on the Orlando Gift Show twice a year because the show’s central location makes it an easy-to-reach, affordable trade show destination to place orders and pick up a wide selection of impulse items after the holidays,” said Donna Guess, vice president operations and souvenir and resort shows, Urban Expositions, managers and producers of the Orlando Gift Show.

(For exhibitor information, contact Chris Menefee at 678-370-0352 or For attendee information, contact Cece Lee at 678-370-0332 or

P3 Pet Trade Show Opens Online Registration, Announces Call for Seminar Speakers for August 2016 Debut Edition

Making its debut August 24-25, 2016 at Navy Pier, Chicago, Ill., the newP3|Progressive Pet Products trade show has officially opened advance online attendee registration and announced a Call for Speakers for the educational seminar series, “Focus on the Future.” Filling a marketplace need for a Midwest trade show for pet industry retailers, P3 will bring the industry’s newest pet products, exceptional educational programming and networking events together in one of America’s top destination cities.

“We’ve been very pleased with the positive response and industry feedback we’re received since announcing the new P3 show,” said Stacey Barrett Brooks, show director, P3. “Top distributors, manufacturers and industry newcomers are already reserving space on the show floor and we’re now moving into full gear with show promotions and programming. It’s exciting to watch this new show take shape.”

Early Date Pattern, Special Product Spotlights, Candy Show Co-Location Among Winter 2016 Philadelphia Gift Show Highlights

Offering its loyal Mid-Atlantic and Tri-State retail audience an ideal opportunity to see new introductions, breaking trends, place orders and get first delivery, the winter 2016 edition of the Philadelphia Gift Show returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center with an early January 8-11, 2016 date and new Friday-Monday date pattern.

Sweetening the pot, the show will also co-locate with the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show, adding tremendous cross-over buying potential to the full roster of products and services retailers will find when they arrive in January.

“As the first gift show of the season for Mid-Atlantic and Tri-State retailers, the Philadelphia Gift Show is the perfect place to find all the best new offerings from the top manufacturers and sales representatives in a convenient and cost-effective setting,” explained Dirk von Gal, vice president of Gift, Urban Expositions. “Added to our excitement is our new co-location with the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show which promises to provide our retailers with countless new opportunities to refresh and enhance their own store offerings. And that’s our promise this winter, to help retailers find all the best new product, for less!”

SF Market Kicks Off January 8-11, 2016, with New Resources Centered Around the Northern California Lifestyle

As the first show of the winter 2016 buying season, SF Market (formerly the San Francisco International Gift Fair), brings a versatile product selection built around the Northern California lifestyle to Moscone Center’s North Hall from January 8-11, 2016. From new Pairings and Outdoor Living spotlights to California-based companies, local artisans, classic best sellers and sophisticated styles, retailers from the western region and nation will find fresh new resources that reflect the interests and lifestyles of their customers.

“SF Market is a destination for regional and national retailers seeking innovative, upscale designs with a northern California accent,” said Dirk von Gal, industry vice president of Gift, Urban Expositions. “The January market has been re-branded to better communicate the scope and depth of product categories that cater to the Northern California lifestyle and passion for living well. We’ve redefined the show’s selection with new spotlights including Pairings and Outdoor Living that truly respond to the region’s defining characteristics to reflect how the San Francisco market is evolving and growing.”

(For more information, visit or call 678-285-3976 (EXPO) or 800-318-2238.)

Urban Craft Uprising Pavilion, New Date Pattern, Regional Specialties, Headline Winter 2016 Seattle Gift Show

Building upon its reputation as a destination resource for retailers seeking fresh, new designs for their Pacific Northwest local and tourist customers, the January 22-25, 2016 Seattle Gift Show welcomes a new Urban Craft Uprising Pavilion to its versatile exhibition floor at the Washington State Convention Center. Featured during the new Friday-Monday show schedule, this exciting product addition joins a growing selection of artisan crafts, regional specialties, top name brands and buyer services to help retailers gear up for the coming year.

“We understand the specialized needs of our Pacific Northwest retailer,” explained Dirk von Gal, vice president of gift, Urban Expositions. “Whether it’s finding the perfect mix of leading lines from the region’s top reps to showcasing new, innovative product that will appeal to our retailers’ target customers, our team is always on the hunt for emerging talents, top brands and breaking trends. Our goal, to offer a unique selection with a regional flair that retailers just can’t find anywhere else. ”

New Gourmet Section, Growing Exhibitor Roster, Headline Winter 2016 Windy City Gift Show

Fueled by consistent show-over-show increases in attendee and exhibitor participation, the fifth edition of the Windy City Gift Show is on track to be the largest to date. Held January 30-February 2, 2016 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., the show will bring together a selection custom-tailored to the Midwest marketplace, including a new Gourmet category, an increasing number of handcrafted and fair trade offerings and even more of the industry’s top name manufacturers, and the region’s premier sales representatives.

“Momentum is building and the Windy City Gift Show has quickly become a must-attend event for Midwest region retailers,” said Dirk von Gal, vice president of gift, Urban Expositions. “They see that it has effectively filled a void in the marketplace - offering a one-stop, cost-effective resource to restock best-sellers and discover fresh new designs that are perfectly aligned with their customers’ interests. This strong retail response is driving vendor interest in the show as evidenced by the growing exhibitor roster. Retailers are definitely going to like what they see here in January!”

(For more information, visit or call 800-318-2238.)

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