The January Dallas Total Home & Gift Market  signaled a strong start to 2014 with increases in attendance across multiple regions and categories, including lighting.
“Commerce came full circle in Dallas as hundreds of new and expanded exhibitors were unveiled, coupled with an overall attendance increase,” said Cindy Morris, COO, Dallas Market Center. “Buyers showed up early and attended from all 50 states and 55 countries. Dallas Market is fortunate to be located in one of the healthiest economic regions in the U.S. and we anticipate a strong and successful 2014.”
The Market showed significant increases in attendance from the Northeast, Southwest and West, as well as internationally, with double-digit surges in buyers showing up on the front end of the show. Spikes in attendance were seen in the lighting, design, furniture and home accents industries, and Dallas hotel bookings increased more than 60 percent as thousands of new stores attended Dallas for the first time.
“We went into the Dallas Market with three objectives,” says Sea Gull Lighting  President Matt Vollmer. “The first was to demonstrate how important our showroom customers are to us by returning to the trade show with a clear strategy for the future. Second, we aimed to demonstrate Sea Gull Lighting’s wider choice of new decorative styles and design details, and third, we wanted our customers to feel confident about our continuing technological innovations in our line. Based on positive customer reaction, we walked away successful with the Dallas Market proving to be a crucial jumping-off point for us in 2014.”
“Dallas Market is always an exciting venue for Arteriors to showcase our newest introductions,” says Arteriors  founder and Creative Director Mark Moussa. “Lighting is such a strong category of our business and with strong foot traffic this year, we had a steady flow of people throughout the whole show.”
Lighting was also honored in the Dallas Market Best Visual Presentation Awards. Judging for Best Visual Presentation takes place twice a year during the January and June Total Home & Gift Markets when visual design experts judge and recognize exhibitors with fresh, innovative and creative displays. Lighting companies Hinkley and DVI won on the Trade Mart 3rd and 4th floors respectively, and Studio A won on the World Trade Center 6th floor.
The next Dallas Intl. Lighting Market  will take place Wednesday, June 18, to Saturday, June 21, 2014.