Las Vegas Market reported record-breaking attendance at the winter 2017 market, which ran January 22 to 26.
Overall attendance surpassed last winter’s all-time high, with 13% gains in gift buyer attendance and 3% gains in interior designer attendance, plus traffic increases from categories of strategic growth and from key U.S. regions such as the Midwest (6%), Southeast (9%) and Northeast (14%). On the resource side, total brands and lines represented topped 4,000.
Buyer representation spanned all 50 states, and 80 countries, according to management. Within the U.S., the highest attendance hailed from California, Nevada, Texas, Arizona and Washington. In line with the market’s recent strategic efforts to build housewares, seasonal and casual/outdoor resources, commensurate attendance increases also were recorded in those categories: housewares up 11%; seasonal up 11%, gourmet up 8% and casual/outdoor up 6%.
“Across the board, this was the busiest Las Vegas Market since we launched more than 10 years ago,” said Robert Maricich, CEO, International Market Centers. “Winter market certainly reflected the overall health of the industry, with heightened business activity reported from showrooms across the furniture, home décor and gift categories.”