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Online registration is now open for The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market (July 12-19, 2016) and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market (July 13-16, 2016). The Markets are global design events and are the ignition switch for global retailing with buyers from every United States state and as many as 70 countries discovering trendsetting home, gift and rug product in more than 1,500 showrooms and thousands of temporary exhibiting companies.

If you need additional information about the July 2016 Market, please contact me, Strategic Relations and Media Relations Manager Chelsea Peabody, at 404-220-2141 or Additionally, the centerpiece of the July Market, AmericasMart’s ICON HONORS 2016, will celebrate professional achievements of gift and home retailers, manufacturers, sales agents and service providers at the most important and anticipated night in the gift and home industry.

More information about The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market including Market events and happenings, exhibitors, accommodations, registration information and more is available at

China International Tourism Commodities Fair

The China International Tourism Commodities Fair (CITCF) is held in Yiwu every year. With over 1,200 exhibitors from China and dozens of overseas countries, it covers a display area of 50,000 square meters with 2,000-plus booths. With an aim of promoting innovations in tourism commodities and encouraging transactions in tourism commodities, it attracts buyers from more than 80 countries.

CITCF is sponsored by China National Tourism Administration and People’s Government of Zhejiang Province, and jointly organized by China Tourist Association, Zhejiang Tourism Bureau, Yiwu People’s Government and Hannover Milano Fairs Shanghai Ltd. For more information, visit

Golden Triangle Shows

Golden Triangle Shows, which organizes and manages regional business to business trade shows, has announced it is opening a new market in Kansas City, Mo. To be held September 24-26 at the KCI Expo Center, the Kansas City Gift & Jewelry Show is geared to serve the greater multi-state region, said Show Director Bobby Siddiqui. Currently, Golden Triangle Shows operates nine wholesale events total, with five in Greensboro, N.C., and four in Orlando, Fla.

“We are very excited to be in the Midwest now,” Siddiqui said. “Our exhibitors have pulled us into the area because of a strong need for a trade expo like ours. The retailers in the area have also loved the idea.” The event will feature 200 booths of top order writing gift vendors and various jewelry importers and wholesalers from across the nation. For more information, call 770-410-9771, email or visit

SURTEX Exposition and Conference

SURTEX Exposition and Conference, North America’s premier event for the sourcing of original art and design, announced recently that the 2017 show will return to New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, May 21-24, 2017. SURTEX is the only event of its kind dedicated to the sale and license of original art or design for use in the manufacturing of home goods, bedding, paper products, toys, calendars, textiles, fabrics and more.

Approximately 250 exhibiting artists from around the world will participate in one of three categories: Art and Brand Licensing with exhibitors who license designs; Atelier with exhibitors selling designs; and Resource Hub with exhibitors supplying technology and business essentials. In addition, the Design District, a new area featuring emerging artists will bring designers never seen before.

SURTEX also features an educational component, including a series of free pre-show webinars to help exhibitors prepare for the event.  The on-site conference program will deliver business strategies from a creative perspective and cover all aspects of art licensing strategy, in 90-minute sessions, to help a designer take their small business through all steps in the product development process. Attendees can purchase individual sessions or a full conference package.

SURTEX co-locates with two additional events – the National Stationery Show® and ICFF® at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. One badge will afford attendees and exhibitors access to all three events, generating unique cross-market innovation and inspiration and business opportunities for all event participants. SURTEX is owned and operated by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of large business-to-business trade shows in the United States, producing more than 50 trade shows and over 100 face-to-face events in total, including conferences, summits and other events.

Urban Expositions

RangeMe Partners with Windy City Gift Show to Bring Innovative Products to Retail Buyers

RangeMe, the online platform that streamlines new product discovery between suppliers and retailers, and Urban Expositions, one of the fastest growing trade show management companies in the United States, recently announced a partnership. Through the partnership, Urban Expositions’ Windy City Gift Show will leverage RangeMe’s technology to provide exhibiting suppliers and manufacturers greater reach to connect with retail buyers.

“Building relationships in-person is a valuable and essential part of the product discovery process,” said Nicky Jackson, CEO and Founder of RangeMe. “We’re looking to enhance the trade show experience for both retail buyers and product suppliers.”

Now entering its sixth edition, the semi-annual Windy City Gift Show is custom-tailored to the specialized needs of Midwestern gift and home retailers. Scheduled for August 12-14, 2016, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., the show brings together a wide and deep selection of giftware, accessories, artisan and fair trade crafts, all conveniently categorized within the show floor’s Gift, Gourmet, Makers’ Market and Live in Style sectors.

“We are always on the lookout for new innovations and strategic partnerships that make our shows even more valuable business growth resources for our buyers and exhibitors alike,” said Dean Russo, group show director, Urban Expositions. “The RangeMe platform offers an ideal, complementary way for us to expand the reach, product and service offerings of our Windy City and P3 Shows.”

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