International Market Centers has announced that the winter 2014 Las Vegas Market, held January 26 to 30, at World Market Center Las Vegas was the biggest and best attended market in its nine-year history. The company said that 21% more buyers attended the market and that 850,000 additional square feet of exhibitor sources waited for them compared the event last winter.
Overall attendance gained of 21%, IMC stated, with the growth in the new gift category especially dramatic given a 90% increase year over year. Attendance increases in both home décor and furniture, at 21% and 17%, respectively, also contributed to the strength of the winter show, the company noted.
“Las Vegas Market is growing both resources and attendance at an exponential rate, and this winter marked the largest market in our history,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “In the last 12 months, we have aggregated existing resources, added new categories and floors, and increased participation of local and regional sales representatives, all of which has sparked momentum.”