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50 YEARS STRONG:

SMOKY MOUNTAIN GIFT SHOW BRINGS TENNESSEE'S LARGEST SELECTION OF SOUVENIR RESOURCES UNDER ONE ROOF - NOVEMBER 4-7, 2015

50th Anniversary Celebration, New Wednesday - Saturday Date Pattern Among 2015 Show Highlights 
 

ATLANTA, GA (May 4, 2015) – Celebrating its 50th anniversary, The Smoky Mountain Gift Show returns to the Gatlinburg Convention Center, November 4-7, 2015, bringing Tennessee’s largest selection of top-name souvenir and resort gift lines together under one roof for optimum buying convenience. As the original meeting spot for souvenir/resort retailers and manufacturers, Urban Expositions plans to mark the occasion with a full offering of buyer services, networking events and savings programs.

“We’ve been very pleased with the steady growth we’ve seen each year since acquiring the show in 2011,” says Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions. “Attendance continues to rise, industry leaders who had been absent are returning to the exhibitor ranks, and feedback from buyers and vendors remains overwhelmingly positive. We’re especially pleased with the number of exhibitor renewals we’ve already received for the 2015 edition, which also happens to mark the show’s 50th anniversary. We plan to keep building on this momentum to ensure that this milestone event further strengthens this show’s position as the premier product and service destination in the Smokies.”

Show Highlights include:

New Date Pattern
To effectively meet the needs of both buyers and exhibitors, Urban Expositions has shifted the Smoky Mountain Gift Show’s date pattern for the 2015 edition to a Wednesday - Saturday format.

Gatlinburg – Known For What’s New! 
The Smoky Mountain Gift Show is attracting new, first-time exhibitors to the show, including A-B Emblems, City Paper, Columbia Sportswear, and Stormetch USA. In addition, Smoky Mountain Gift Show has also attracted a number of destination manufacturers who relocated to Gatlinburg for 2015  including  Kalan, LazerGifts, Mei Wah Company, Melissa & Doug, and Smith Novelty. This is an early sampling of exhibitors and attendees are encouraged to check the website for an updated listing.

One Badge, Two Shows
For added buying convenience, Smoky Mountain Gift Show and IGES badges will be honored at all show locations.  In addition, complementary shuttle service will be available between the Smoky Mountain Gift Show and the IGES event in Pigeon Forge running Wednesday - Saturday.
   
ONSITE BUYER SERVICES 
The Smoky Mountain Gift Show offers a full roster of buyer services and amenities, including:

Enter to Win Daily $100 Cash Prize Giveaways: Registered buyers can enter to win one of three (3) $100 cash prizes given away at the end of each day during the show.

Free Parking & Complimentary Shuttle Service for Pre-Registered Buyers: Pre-registered buyers can show their Smoky Mountain Gift Show or IGES 2015 Buyer Badge and park for free at the Bearskin parking garage. This is the only free lot available and there is limited space. Parking will be first-come, first-served. Urban Expositions will also provide complementary shuttle service between the Smoky Mountain Gift Show and the IGES event in Pigeon Forge running Monday - Thursday.                                                                            
 

Enjoy Southern Hospitality: During the show, attendees are invited to enjoy southern hospitality at its finest with the show’s free buyer services and amenities. Buyers can start their day by enjoying complimentary coffee and pastries each morning from 9-10 am located in the Mills Auditorium and Parkway Tower – Level 2. Then relax, unwind and “sit for a spell” while also enjoying complimentary beer, wine, and cheese, each afternoon from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.                                                

Goody Bag Giveaways: The first 100 retail stores to arrive at the show on Wednesday, November 4  and Thursday, November 5 will receive a special tote bag filled with free gifts from many of the show's exhibitors.                                                                  

Zoo & Aquarium Buyers Group (ZAG) Networking Events: ZAG will host a variety of networking events for its members, including a ZAG sponsor sign off game and a networking mixer. ZAG members are encouraged to stop by the Smoky Mountain Gift Show office to pick up their ZAG member lunch coupon and a VIP goody bag. 

Free Buyer Seminar Series: Buyers can choose from a host of educational programs touching on a variety of topics and trends, ranging from conservation programs to  social media & marketing programs that are part of the popular Urban Retail Marketing Bootcamp series by SnapRetail. Visit www.smokymtngiftshow.com for full seminar schedule and detail on programs.
    
SMOKY MOUNTAIN GIFT SHOW FAST FACTS
WHEN:          Wednesday, November 4 – Saturday, November 7, 2015
WHERE:         Gatlinburg Convention Center (including the W.L. Mills Conference Center) 
                                234 Historic Nature Trail/Airport Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
HOURS:         9 am – 5:30 p.m., Wednesday - Friday; 9 am – 4 pm, Saturday
MORE INFO:      www.smokymtngiftshow.com  | 678.285.3976 (EXPO) or 800.318.2238
                                                                                         
EXHIBITOR/ATTENDEE INFORMATION
For more information on exhibiting, contact Show Director Christina Bell at 678.370.0335 or cbell@urban-expo.com. For attendee information or to pre-register, attendees can visit www.smokymtngiftshow.com or contact Buyer Relations Representative Jhana Jordan by calling 678.370.0338 or 1.800.318.2238 ext. 0338 or email: jjordan@urban-expo.com.

Deeply Discounted Hotel Rates for Buyers: Urban Expositions is buying down the rates on the show’s already discounted hotels to offer buyers’ significant savings at hotels conveniently located near the Gatlinburg Convention Center.  Retailers can take advantage of these low rates by contacting Urban Expositions official housing company, Connections, at 855.246.URBAN (8722) or by visiting the travel section of the show website, www.smokymtngiftshow.com.


ABOUT URBAN EXPOSITIONS
Urban Expositions, which is based in Kennesaw, GA, produces and manages a portfolio of 35 events covering six sectors. Urban Expositions was founded in 1995 with the Philadelphia Gift Show and built its business in the regional Gift & Souvenir industries. In 2008 Urban began to diversify outside of Gift & Souvenir and now produces events in sectors including Art, Aviation, Foodservice and Gaming. Urban also produces one publication, Airport Revenue News, focused on the airport concession industry. Outside of Kennesaw Urban also has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL, as well as many remote employees based in areas that are rich with customers.  For more information, visit www.urban-expo.com.
 

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