Attendance for the opening day of the 2009 Winter Las Vegas Market was down only 2 percent compared to last year’s January Las Vegas Market, a figure that is being touted as a success by the World Market Center.
“We are excited by the interest we’re seeing from every segment of the industry,” said World Market Center Las Vegas President and CEO Robert Maricich. “It’s reassuring to know that business people are aggressively positioning themselves for future success and taking advantage of the unparalleled offerings in Las Vegas.
According to officials at the World Market Center, 6,527 new buyers visited the Las Vegas Market during opening day on Monday, Feb. 9.The Winter Las Vegas Market also featured 100 new exhibitors, bringing the total number of manufacturers and lines represented to more than 1,500.
Several manufacturers reported higher than expected traffic at their showrooms so far.
“This is the best traffic we’ve ever seen in Las Vegas,” said Ed Teplitz, President of Thomasville. “Customers are telling us that they’re happy we’re here. We’re seeing accounts that wouldn’t come to High Point.”
Dan Bradley, President of Henredon, agreed. “Yesterday we had lots of new prospects coming through the door,” he said. “In September our plan is to bring in new products.”
The same was true among home accessories companies as well. Nelson Chow, Vice President of Sales for C&F Enterprises, a gift and accessory line, said they were happy with how many buyers have visited their showroom so far.
“We’re really happy with the traffic, especially since we weren’t sure what to expect,” Chow said. “We’re really excited with the reaction to the merchandise. People are writing orders.”
Maricich said he is glad that retailers understand that it is important to look for new product lines, even during a recession.
“If ever there were a time to attend Market, this is it,” Maricich said. “To help overcome the challenges of the present environment, it is imperative to seek out new business partners from around the world and open up new opportunities for growth.”