‘True Zeal” Felt in Vegas, Says IMC

Las Vegas MarketLAS VEGAS–International Market Center is reporting an increase in attendance at this week’s Las Vegas Market, which wraps up today.

Robert Maricich, CEO of IMC, said that “optimism and a true zeal” were in the air. This show marked the debut of three new floors of gift and home décor showrooms, plus two expanded floors. To attract more buyers, Las Vegas Market staffed a 16-person call center this year, which made more than 42,000 phone calls to extend invitations to retailers across the globe.

“We’ve made great strides in repositioning Las Vegas Market as ‘Today’s Total Marketplace,’” Maricich said. “The combination of the second largest furniture market in the Western Hemisphere, the country’s largest bedding marketing, one of the largest home decor markets in the U.S. and the nation’s fastest growing gift market is very compelling for buyers and exhibitors alike.”

Growth in the Market’s gift offerings and expansion of better home décor resources has been exponential, IMC said, with the summer 2013 addition of more than 70 new vendors and more than 1,000 new lines to Building C. Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, IMC, said, “We’re increasing the quantity and quality of existing categories, such as gift and home décor, while also introducing new categories such as specialty tabletop and vintage, as part of our creation of the premier market in the western United States. At the same time, our extensive retail relations efforts are increasing both awareness of and attendance at the Las Vegas Market.”