The June Dallas Market is right around the corner — June 18-21 — so if you haven’t made travel plans yet, here’s your reminder.
Something to keep in mind: Instead of the historic Thursday-Monday date pattern in January and Thursday-Sunday date pattern in June, Dallas Market Center announced last summer that starting in 2014, the winter market would open on Wednesday and close on Sunday, and the summer market would open on Wednesday and close on Saturday. These dates were moved ahead one day to coincide with the Total Home & Gift Market. A growing number of Trade Mart lighting exhibitors had been ready for business on Wednesday anyway, but it will now be universal.
The shifted date pattern certainly didn’t affect traffic at the January market — attendance was up and hotel bookings increased more than 60 percent from the year prior. People were aware of the date change, sure, and talked about it, but they seemed to take it all in stride. Dallas is one of several markets in our industry that saw date pattern changes in 2014, so maybe it was chalked up as the year of upheaval.
Regardless though, there’s still some confusion for buyers and exhibitors alike in terms of the upcoming show.
With the earlier start date, it means that many exhibitors will need to be in Dallas for setup the weekend prior — that happens to be Father’s Day. This also means that Friday, not Saturday, will now be the “unofficial” end of market.
Our own annual event, the Showroom of the Year Awards, was historically on Thursday, the opening night of market. This year, it’s taking place on Wednesday, June 18, instead. The cocktail party will be held at 6 p.m. in Trade Mart Loft 4, and is open to all market attendees and exhibitors with no tickets or reservations required.
One Showroom of the Year winner will be announced in each of three dollar-volume categories (Under $2 Million, Under $5 Million and $5 Million and Over). Finalists at all revenue levels are also eligible for specialty awards in merchandising display, community involvement and an award partially chosen by readers for social media efforts.
See you all in Dallas!