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AmericasMart Atlanta’s January 2016 Market Temporaries will post 100 percent year-over-year growth in international exhibiting companies with globally sourced product presented across all 35 collections, according to JoAnn Miller Marshall, executive vice president of AmericasMart trade shows. The growth in international exhibiting companies parallels continuing expansion for the AmericasMart temporaries mix, which will showcase more than 2,000 exhibiting companies at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market (Showrooms January 12-19; Temporaries: January 14-18).


Kathy Eisert of Specialty Printing in Wapakoneta, Ohio, with her commemorative Raggedy Ann doll. Aurora World celebrated the 100th anniversary of Raggedy Ann at IGES by giving a free plush doll to the first 100 buyers to their booth on Friday, November 6.

The 2015 International Gift Exposition in the Smokies® last fall was a great success. Opening day boasted a record number of buyers, and exhibitors shared countless stories of record-breaking results at the 2015 IGES. Between two beautiful convention centers, The LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge and the Sevierville Convention Center, IGES is able to showcase both the tried and true vendors that buyers expect to see plus a number of new exhibitors, keeping the merchandise available fresh and exciting for everyone. This combination provides the best assembly of resort/souvenir merchandise in the nation.

As a wholesale, order-writing only tradeshow focusing on the souvenir, gift and resort industries, the International Gift Exposition in the Smokies® attracts buyers from all over the country. The 2015 event experienced an increased buyer attendance and again welcomed industry-specific buying groups as they attended networking dinners sponsored exclusively by IGES exhibitors. These buying groups included museums, waterparks, campgrounds, the National Caves Association (NCA) and amusement parks and attractions. Additionally, the National Association of Retail Buyers (NARB) held their popular fundraising event, the NARB Hoedown, at the Sevierville Convention Center and the Zoo and Aquarium Buyers Group (ZAG) held their annual dinner and meeting at the LeConte Center. Many of these events will take place again in 2016, guaranteeing the attendance of these popular buying groups at the 2016 IGES show.

History was made November 3, 2015, as the Sevierville Convention Center welcomed a record number of buyers onto the show floor on opening day.

Show dates for 2016 are: Sevierville, November 1-4 and Pigeon Forge, November 2-5. For more information, please visit or call 800-430-7608 to speak with one of our friendly management team members.

Urban Expositions & Development

Custom-tailored to the local and tourist New England retail market, the Boston Gift Show returns to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center April 2-5, 2016 with a versatile selection of brand new designs, including giftware, home accessories, gourmet, artisan crafts, souvenir and resort resources for the region’s retail buying ordering needs.

“The Boston Gift Show is the sourcing answer for any New England retailer seeking fresh new finds to differentiate their store, attract attention and sales,” said Dirk von Gal, industry vice president of gift, Urban Expositions. “That’s because we’ve worked to create a one-stop resource for brand new designs, artisan crafts and unique styles - all carefully curated to reflect the interests of the New England consumer. Our buyers know they’ll find everything they need - so close to home.”  New England retailers will have the opportunity to explore hundreds of lines conveniently organized into five product sectors on the show floor, including: Gifts Etc., Souvenir Source, Makers’ Market, Made In New England and Treasures to Go (immediate delivery).

Boston Gift Show Fast Facts:
When: Saturday, April 2 - Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Where: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center - Hall C, 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
More Info:, 678-285-3976 (EXPO) or 800-318-2238.

Wholesale buyers are all we invite from the Caribbean, Central and South America and the Southeast United States; Join us in our 7th year of the Miami Wholesale Show, as we bring together over 250 exhibitors and 6,000 buyers at one place, The Miami Beach Convention Center, on April 3, 4, 5, 2016, You can now register online free at

Buyers have thousands of multi-products to choose from at the Miami Wholesale Show. Exhibitors sales are high at the Miami Wholesale Show. Wholesalers Buyers from all over the Americas and from many other trade shows converge in Miami every year, to take back with them great deals from this show.

Miami Wholesale Show Fast Facts 
Date: April 3, 4, 5, 2016
Place: Miami Beach Convention Center - Hall C
Target Markets: Caribbean, Latin America, USA
Target Buyers: Retailers, Wholesalers, Distributors, Importers
Call: 305-262-3200 for booth specials and reservations Email:

As the first gift show of the year, the January 8-11, 2016 Philadelphia Gift Show returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center with a full line-up of educational seminars to help retailers get a jump on 2016. From top social media platforms and best practices to discovering new niche markets to profitable year round promotional strategies, the winter 2016 schedule will provide retailers with informative and practical tips they utilize in their own stores immediately.

All educational programs are free to registered buyers and will take place on the show floor in the back of the 2100 aisle. To see the complete list of programs and networking events, attendees are encouraged to visit the Philadelphia Gift Show website,  

Philadelphia Gift Show Fast Facts 
When: Friday, January 8 - Monday, January 11, 2016
Where: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks, PA 19456
Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m, Friday-Sunday; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday
MORE INFO:, 678-285-3976

As a leading West Coast marketplace for emerging design trends and breaking new product intros, SF Market returns January 8-11, 2016 to Moscone Center’s North Hall with a comprehensive educational schedule for attending retailers. From a special trend forecast from leading color specialist Leatrice Eiseman, to a roundtable discussion with a panel of talented retailers sharing ideas and success strategies on today’s ever-changing retail landscape, the winter schedule will give retailers practical, actionable ideas to take home and put to use in their own stores.

San Francisco Show Fast Facts
When: Friday, January 8 - Monday, January 11, 2016
Where: Moscone Center, North Hall, 747 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
More Info:, 678-285-3976 or 800-318-2238.

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