International Market Center’s (IMC) Chief Executive Officer Robert Maricich has reported an increase in attendance over recent summer Las Vegas Markets. It was also announced at a press dinner that registrations doubled from last summer’s market to this one.
“We’ve made great strides in repositioning Las Vegas Market as ‘Today’s Total Marketplace,” Maricich says.
Summer 2013 Las Vegas Market highlights include the debut of three new floors of gift and home décor showrooms, plus two expanded floors. To attract more buyers, Las Vegas Market staffed a 16-person call center this year, which made more than 42,000 phone calls to extend invitations to retailers across the globe.
Growth in the Market’s gift offerings and expansion of better home décor resources has been exponential, with the summer 2013 addition of 70+ new vendors and more than 1,000 new lines to Building C.
“The Market is going great,” says Nicolas Trujillo, owner of Luna Bella, a manufacturer of home décor, furniture and lighting. “It’s been fantastic. We have taken on so many new customers from the west coast. Being in business for 18 years and only showing on the east coast, people get used to you and know you. It’s nice again to have a ‘brand new product’ for people that have never seen you. The response has been double, triple what we expected and I think it’s only going to continue to grow.”
The next Las Vegas Market will take place Jan. 26-30, 2014.