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URBAN NEWS BRIEF

LAS VEGAS SOUVENIR & RESORT GIFT SHOW CELEBRATES 10th ANNIVERSARY WITH 13% ATTENDANCE INCREASE, EXPANDED EXHIBITOR ROSTER

 

ATLANTA (September 30, 2015) -  The September 16-19, 2015 Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show recorded a 13% increase in attendance over the 2014 edition. Together with a variety of new programs, promotions and a significantly expanded exhibitor roster -- including more than 175 new, first time exhibiting companies, a new Hawaii Pavilion and Made In America section – the nation’s largest souvenir and resort gift show gave retailers and vendors much to celebrate during the 10th anniversary edition.

“For the 10 year anniversary of the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show, we really wanted to celebrate how much the show has become a part of the souvenir & resort industry,” says Donna Guess, vice president of souvenir, Urban Expositions. “Each year we take feedback from our attendees and exhibitors and try to provide the best selection of product, the most networking opportunities, and the most informative educational seminars to give the industry everything they need to do successful business in a convenient and cost-effective atmosphere. 10 years in, we really feel like we’re meeting those goals and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

The 2015 edition brought together thousands of best-selling lines and new designs of souvenir and resort product in a wide range of categories, including destination, resort and tourist merchandise, souvenirs, green products, T-shirts, beach items, Made in America, coastal and nautical, lake, mountain and lodge, ski-themed products, logo products, shell items, giftware, jewelry/fashion accessories, toys/games and more.

Best New Product | Kitchen Happy Wine O!
 
Best New Product | Kitchen Happy Wine O!

 

 A new Hawaii Pavilion provided a versatile range gift and resort designs  in a host of categories from 19+ leading Hawaiian manufacturers and artisans, offering retailers a fresh new one-stop resource to discover the best the islands have to offer.

“The Las Vegas Souvenir and Resort show is a great start to the buying season to see new products,” said Brent Walter, Henry Villas Zoo, Madison, WI.  “This show is not to be missed and I would highly recommend this show to any buyer who has not attended.”

 

 

The Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show also highlighted its growing roster of new, first time exhibitors with a number of special marketing programs and on-site promotions.  Buyers were invited to vote on the show’s Best New Product from the selection of new resources and the winning exhibitor was Kitchen Happy Wine O!.

 

“We had a great show.   We set up appointments in advance, did several re-orders and were able to source some   new product that we think will work well for us," said Suzanne Tawil-Betlach, Balboa Park Visitors Center, San Diego, CA.

“As a destination resort Alaska retailer, we find everything we need at the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show,” added Tracy Forst, Red Dog Saloon, Juneau, Alaska.

 
Best Overall Product | Ice Prints

In addition to exploring the expanded selection, retailers were also given the opportunity to vote for the Best Overall Product, with Ice Prints winning that category.  A panel of judges also awarded the Best Booths display prizes to Mason Jar Label Clothing, in the overall category and G. Debrekht Art Studio! for the Made in America sector.  

 
Best Made In America Booth | G. Debrekht Art Studio

 

The expansive selection was complemented by a wide range of educational, networking and promotional events scheduled throughout the show.  An expanded educational line-up featured programs from the National Association of Retail Buyers (NARB) and the Day Spa Association. The Living Legends Association hosted a reception on September 16 to present its Golden Lily Award to Bob von Normann, Impact Colorado and the Zoo & Aquarium Buyers Group held a member reception on September 17.  In addition, the show’s popular $50 Giveaway program invited buyers to present show orders for chances to win daily drawings for cash.  Grand prize winner, Katie Stephenson of the Kentucky Derby Museum received a complimentary 2-night hotel stay for the 2016 edition. 

Best Booth | mason Jar Label Clothing

“The show exceeded all expectations,” concludes George French, SWIBCO, Inc. “Best Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show ever!”

The next edition of the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show will be held September 13-16, 2016.  For more information, call 800.318.2238 or visit www.lvsouvenirshow.com.
 

ABOUT URBAN EXPOSITIONS
Based in Kennesaw, GA and founded in 1995, Urban Expositions produces and manages a portfolio of 40 events serving nine  industry sectors, including Gift, Souvenir, Art, Apparel,  Aviation, Halloween | Party, Foodservice, Pet and Gaming.  Urban also produces Airport Revenue News, a publication focusing on the airport concession industry.  In addition to its Kennesaw, GA headquarters, Urban has offices in Shelton, CT, Boca Raton, FL, and is represented by employees in California, Colorado and Illinois.  www.urban-expo.com | 800.318.2238.                                          


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