Gift Fair Notes “Marked Growth” in Attendance and Exhibitors

       

       

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–Increases in both attendance and exhibitors made last week’s New York International Gift Fair the largest since summer 2008, according to GLM, the show’s owner and manager.

Attendance rose 5 percent over the numbers who visited the 2010 summer Gift Fair, to almost 35,000. More than 2,800 companies exhibited at NYIGF, up 110 over this year’s winter Gift Fair. The show ran from Aug. 13-18 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and at Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94 in New York City.

The exhibitor count included about 450 companies that exhibited at the show for the first time. Among the newcomers were groups from Argentina, South Korea, Panama, China, India, Malaysia and Nepal. The Gift Fair had representatives from 46 countries throughout its 10 divisions.

The show also marked the debut of the Gourmet Housewares Show as a division of the Gift Fair. This section had 150 exhibitors of high-end cookware, bakeware and kitchen and bar accessories.

Business at the show was reportedly brisk as well. “Anecdotally, exhibitors reported strong sales and order writing,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and senior vice president at GLM, which owns and operates the show. Buyers were optimistic despite the recent negative economic developments, “and the resulting energy on the show floor was palpable,” Belshaw added.