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T R A D E  S H O W  N E W S


NY NOW Winter 2018 Market

NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, takes place February 3-7, 2018 in New York City and is the ultimate place for wholesale buyers to discover unique and meaningful finds from around the world. More than 2,300 exhibiting brands will offer products for everyone and within every price range. The HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE Collections encompass tens of thousands of products in hundreds of categories including gifts, stationery, novelties, home décor and furnishings, tabletop and housewares, accessories for men, women and children, games, seasonal items, and more! For more information and to register, visit

NY NOW Announces Shift In Summer 2018 Market Dates

NY NOW®, has announced that the dates for its summer 2018 market at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City will shift to August 12-15, 2018. This date shift returns NY NOW to its preferred date pattern earlier in August.

In addition to the new dates, NY NOW is excited to share that all sections of its three comprehensive Collections - HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE - will open and close on the same dates, eliminating the staggered opening and closing pattern of past shows.

Beginning with the summer 2018 market, NY NOW in its entirety will open at 9 a.m. on Sunday, August 12 and close an hour later at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15.

For more information, please visit

The Halloween & Attractions Show

The Halloween & Attractions Show has been running for over four decades and this year we are proud to announce that 2018 marks our 10th year producing the show in St Louis, Mo. In honor of this momentous event we have some exciting things planned to commemorate our 10th year anniversary in the St Louis area. We have many surprises planned, including daily prize give-a-ways on the show floor worth thousands of dollars. Plus there will be special entertainment and a Friday night party that you won’t want to miss. Additionally, new this year we have a pre-convention bus tour going to Nashville Nightmare and Talon Falls Haunted Attractions. The show will also offer for attendees tours of local haunted attractions.

Something for Every Size Attraction and Budget
Each year the Halloween & Attractions Show continues to grow with new exhibitors and new products that you won’t see at any other show. The Halloween & Attractions Show combines the must-see products and expert knowledge of hundreds of exhibitor’s both new and veteran, which attracts some of the largest names in the industry like Universal Studios, Six Flags and Knott’s Scary Farm, as well as owner/operators just like you! If you have a farm, escape room attraction, zoo, corn maze, pumpkin patch, paintball field, family fun center, amusement park, aquarium or, of course, a haunted or Halloween-themed attraction, this is the event for you.

Time-Tested and Ever-Expanding Scope
This show has everything you need to make your Halloween season a huge success, and now features Escape Room City, a new segment of the show that caters to the room escape, virtual reality and adventure game industries. Whether you own/operate a successful escape room, are considering exploring this booming industry or thinking about adding an escape room attraction to your haunted house or event, Escape Room City’s vendors and seminars will appeal to both seasoned owners, novices and all those in between.

Bigger and Better Every Year
Every year for the past several years, the size of the exhibitor trade show floor and the number of exhibitors has exceeded the previous year’s, and 2018 will be no exception! Last year’s trade show floor had record-breaking attendance and exhibitors had their most successful year ever. Booth space is filling up faster than it ever has before. Exhibitors will bring you the latest and greatest products for the Halloween, haunted attraction, Christmas decor and escape room industries, exhibitors that you will only see at our show, all under one roof. Check out our website at to look at who we already have signed up and who are ready and waiting for you

The Rocky Mountain Gift Show

Why the Rocky Mountain Gift Show Wants You!
Five Reasons to Attend the Rocky Mountain Gift Show

1. Relax! We are less overwhelming and less stressful. We are a regional show, so you will easily be able to see all the new and existing vendors in less time. Spend more time having face-to-face conversations with local businesses and exhibitors, learning about new trends and product lines.

2. Affordable! Travel is affordable. Easy to fly into Denver International Airport (DIA) and only 30 minutes away. Centrally located near downtown Denver and close to the Rocky Mountains. Rocky Mountain Gift Show attendees receive hotel deals.

3. Merchandise! You will find more unique handcrafted and one-of-a-kind merchandise for your store. Visit our exhibitors who have been showing at the Rocky Mountain Gift show for over 20 years, plus see all the new exhibitors bringing in their fresh ideas and products. There’s always something new.<

4. Network! We have fun networking events so that you have the opportunity to meet new, smaller, and start-up exhibitors, sharing ideas with colleagues, and learn marketing strategies. Attend seminar sessions with Greg Jameson, author of “The Influencer Effect” and Nicole Leinbach Reyhle, founder of Retail Minded.

5. Hospitality! We have staff available on the floor to answer your questions. Our staff has a reputation of being knowledgeable, friendly and eager to make your shopping experience effortless. With over 40 years of the Rocky Mountain Gift Show, attendees really experience good old fashion Western hospitality.

February 2018 Dates
Gift Showrooms: February 21-26
Apparel Showrooms: February 23-26
Mart Temps: February 22-26
Expo and Plaza Temps: February 23-26
To register, visit

Urban Expositions & Development

Sold-Out 2017 Ocean City Resort Gift Expo Attracted Retailers from Maine to Virginia Beach

Tracking slightly ahead of the 2016 edition, the November 2017 Ocean City Resort Gift Expo attracted coastal retailers from Maine to Virginia Beach who came to restock for the coming spring/summer tourist season. Featuring more than 300 booths, including 45-plus new, first-time exhibitors, the sold-out show at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Md., delivered — bringing together countless introductions, new resources and best-selling brands for retailers to explore.

Contributing to the attendance uptick were notable increases in key geographic target areas, including Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

“This show really brings it all together for Northeast coastal and shore retailers,” explained April Turner, Urban Expositions show director, Ocean City Resort Gift Expo. “Whether your business is a small, independent fashion boutique, souvenir, beach, surf, hotel shop, grocery store, campground, museum or other attraction, the show’s casual, relaxed setting, unbeatable off-season hotel rates, and coastal/nautical-inspired selection make it the perfect place to find everything you need to gear up for your busy season. ”

“The 2017 Ocean City show was among the busiest for us,” added Exhibitor Tony Prisco, Matrix Sales Group. “We were non-stop - writing orders all three days.” In addition to product, the show also offered a number of networking opportunities. New for 2017, the popular show party moved to show site, held in the second floor lobby of the Convention Center on Monday, November 13. Buyers and exhibitors were invited to gather after the show closed for the day to enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

The next edition of the Ocean City Resort Gift Expo is scheduled for November 11-13, 2018. For information on exhibiting or attending, visit

Quality Buyers, New Resources and Networking Events Headlined Last Year’s Smoky Mountain Gift Show

LightBox Arts, Petal Lane, Captured Product Award Categories; Washington Park Zoo Won Grand Prize Drawing

Last November’s Smoky Mountain Gift Show generated reports of quality buyer traffic, a record number of first-time exhibitors along with fun networking events for show attendees and exhibitors. Featuring more than 800 booths at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, the show once again attracted the attendance of top eastern region and national retail buyers from theme parks, museums, zoos, aquariums, premier tourist destinations and national, state and local parks.

“Our strength continues to be the show’s well-defined selection of quality products and new resources in one location,” said Christina Bell Davis, vice president of Gift & Souvenir, Urban Expositions. “We secured the best names in the gift and souvenir industry and welcomed more than 75 new vendors for the 2017 edition, strengthening Gatlinburg’s position as the premier product and service destination in the Smokies. Having these resources all under one roof is a tremendous benefit for our attendees as it gives them an opportunity to spend time building relationships with vendors, scouting new products and completing their buying needs.”

Among the many show highlights were a series of competitions and awards. Attending retailers voted on the Best New Product award during the show, and LightBoxArt’s battery-operated light box with interchangeable custom images was selected as the winner.

“I’ve been in the gift business for 30 years and I’ve never won an award. This show is bonkers! It’s fun to have a product that resonates - and it’s rare for there to be something new in the gift industry that’s tasteful, well priced,” said Andy Meehan, Lightboxarts, Philadelphia, Pa.

Richfield, Utah-based Petal Lane received the Best Made in America product award voted on by Smoky Mountain Gift Show retailers. Their functional art décor magnet boards, custom framed artwork and natural pressed flower gifts and souvenirs were a favorite among retailers at the show.

“Wow! What an honor to be recognized by the retailers at the show,” said Gina Ogden, Petal Lane Home. “We are proud to say that our flowers and frames are made locally here in the USA and that our business has brought employment opportunities to our Richfield community.”

In addition, the Smoky Mountain Gift Show held its grand prize drawing for the Gatlinburg Attraction VIP Pass Sweepstakes, and the winner was Shawne Sheldon, Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City, Ind. Sheldon received two VIP attraction passes from the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau with complimentary admission for two to more than 30 of the popular mountain resort town’s top indoor and outdoor attractions — a $1,200 value.

The show floor featured introductions from top-name brands and innovative newcomers in destination, resort and tourist merchandise, souvenirs, T-shirts, beach merchandise, coastal and nautical, lake, mountain and lodge, Made in the USA products, logo products, nature and wildlife products, giftware, jewelry and fashion accessories, home décor items, toys/games and more.

The vast and versatile selection received rave reviews from attending retailers.

“Every year we always find new and exciting things at the Smoky Mountain Gift Show. Whether we’re seeking unique gifts, cards, souvenirs, children’s toys or clothing, the Gatlinburg show provides so many options and we can count on the vendors to deliver,” said Ronda Ellis, Bridgewater Sportswear, Moneta, Va.

“The Smoky Mountain Gift Show is ideal for anyone looking for new items and new ideas. All of the vendors were friendly and eager to share their products, and we saw a very diverse product mix on the show floor. Gatlinburg is a great place to mix business with pleasure, especially for those of us who live on the coast,” added Robin Clark, Padre Islander, Port Aransas, Texas.

Exhibitors reported brisk business and steady order-writing with new accounts during the show, too.

“Eighty percent of the orders we wrote here in Gatlinburg were new accounts,” said Jade Werth, Millwood Art.

“On opening day, I wrote for three solid hours, and all of my orders were with new accounts,” said Pat Phillips, Wild Things Snap-Ons.

New exhibitor Jeff Goodner with Dillon Imports added: “I wrote more new business here at the Smoky Mountain Gift Show on day two than all four days combined last year in Pigeon Forge.”

To foster the spirit of fun and hospitality that the Smoky Mountain Gift Show is known for, Urban Expositions hosted an official show party at Blaine’s and also continued many of its buyer friendly services, including daily $100 cash prize giveaways, gift basket giveaways, goody bag giveaways and complimentary show bags for buyers and refreshments each morning and afternoon.

On Thursday and Friday, the show partnered with the Zoo & Aquarium Buyers Group (ZAG) to host the Made in America Buying Tour, led by Michael Davis, president of ZAG and David Whitaker, for participating retailers on how to select the right made in America products for their store. Following the short presentation retailers went on a buying tour on the show floor visiting exhibitors displaying Made in America products. In addition, Urban Expositions also worked with leading associations, including the Zoo & Aquarium Buyers Group (ZAG), and the Living Legends Association to host hospitality and networking events for their members and associates during the show. The Living Legends Association hosted a reception to honor Jo Ferguson of Pawnee Bill’s Indian Trading Post for his commitment and contributions to the souvenir industry.

IGES Souvenir, Resort & Gift Show 2017 Proves to Be One to Remember

The International Gift Exposition in the Smokies (IGES) took place last fall in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, Tenn., and attendees were treated to complimentary educational sessions, various networking opportunities, meet-and-greet experiences with industry solution providers and the opportunity to connect with over 1,200 vendors. Among these vendors included first time IGES exhibitors, where it was reported that 81 percent of attendees placed orders with one or more new vendors as a result of attending IGES

“It’s been the best opening show day we have had in years. There was a ton of traffic and many new buyers that are writing orders,” said exhibitor Lynn Smith of Hillside Orchard Farms.

Expanding on what Smith had to share was John Bartholomew of Liberty Express who said that “our opening day was the best that we have had at any show ever.”

Additional findings from IGES included:
• Ninety-four percent of those that attended were retailer and/or online store owners;
• Eighty-three percent of retailers at IGES finalize, authorize or approve purchases at the show;
• Fifty-four percent of the retailers that attend IGES purchase gift products;
• Close to 40 percent of the retailers that attend IGES shop souvenirs and novelties, apparel and general merchandise;

Retailer Alex Nelson of Windsor Gifts, a Virginia-based merchant, said that “without coming to IGES, we’d never discover the vendors we need to find.”

Known for their expansive range of wholesale souvenir — including name-drop merchandise and customizable items — and resort and gift items, IGES is among Emerald Exposition’s Gift, Home, and General Merchandise brands, which include ASD Market Week, NY NOW, Surf Expo, ISS and National Stationery Show. Next year’s IGES will take place November 3-7, 2018.

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