Wednesday January 15th, 2014 - 2:06PM
The eight-day Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market, which closed yesterday, posted gains across all measures, with national and international attendance and first-to-market buyer totals rising over previous years, host AmericasMart said. On-site actual registrations for the market showed healthy year-over-year gains with increases as high as 53% posted on key attendance days, according to AmericasMart.
Preliminary hotel occupancy results reports indicated an increase in the average length of stay per attendee to 4.2 days, the highest duration since 2006.
Growth posted in all national regions beyond the show's principal Southeast base- including the Midwest and Far West- plus international beyond the Americas delivered global buying power to exhibitors across all product categories in both showrooms and trade show booths, the organization asserted.
Additionally, the market's first-time buyer total- a measure of new buyers having not attended any previous Atlanta market- saw high double-digit increases.
Exhibitors reported that, across showrooms and trade show booths, strong sales, more orders and larger orders were made from new and returning accounts.
The new AmericasMart App was well received by buyers, as well, and, according to iTunes, was among the 10 most popular apps in all business-to-business categories.