The Dallas Market Center reported overall attendance at last month’s summer Dallas Total Home & Gift Market was even with last year’s market, and included gains in attendance by businesses located in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.
In addition, an increasing number of new buyers and businesses also attended the show, the market said, continuing the momentum that began in June 2016. New buyers visited the show from all 50 states with a special concentration from the Central U.S., a result of Dallas Market Center’s expanded outreach via buyer delivery programs and partnerships with exhibitors and sales representatives, the market said.
The market center noted that many exhibitors reported larger average orders and a total sales increase of up to 30%, especially among exhibitors with new products, new showrooms, and/or special promotions.
The steady order writing in Dallas was driven by the strong regional retail conditions, high demand for more new and unique products, the number of new resources available in Dallas and Dallas Market Center’s prime location, the market said.
“Our June show delivered scores of new exhibitors, inspiring events, and unmatched opportunities for retailers and interior designers to source distinctive products,” said Cindy Morris, Dallas Market Center president and CEO. “Now more than ever buyers come to Dallas demanding the new, the unique, the sustainable, the handcrafted, the variety and type of products that we can deliver better than any other marketplace.”