Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show sees attendance increase
The Las Vegas Souvenir and Resort Gift Show held Oct. 2-5, 209, offered more than 1300 booths exhibiting gifts, souvenirs and exclusive products. The show attracted a record number of new exhibitors and retailers throughout the US, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and other countries to the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The show welcomed a number of new and enhanced features for 2019. “We are laser-focused on the ROI this show delivers to both our buyers and exhibitors alike – whether it’s travel and exhibition costs or valuable time away from their businesses,” said Lisa Glosson, vice president of the gift and souvenir portfolio for Clarion UX, the show’s organizer. “From our new and growing MATCH appointment-setting program and expanded Native American Pavilion to a record number of new exhibitors and show floor enhancements, we gave all stakeholders even more ways to discover new resources, network and build those all-important relationships.”
The show welcomed 175 first-time exhibitors and Del Sol captured the show’s Best New Product award for its brand of color-changing apparel and accessories.
“For my first experience exhibiting, it is exposing me to some big name brands that I didn’t expect to have the opportunity to meet or work with. I’m excited for next year’s chance to grow and expand with new companies,” said David McCord of Hawaii-based Maui Vera.
April Holinek, show director, was pleased with the positive feedback from buyers and exhibitors. “The team worked hard to bring together a strong mix of new and established brands, to give retailers a true one-stop resource for all things souvenir. We have a great group who will stop at nothing to make sure the show is one-of-a-kind, and this year they did not disappoint,” she said.
The Clarion UX’s VIP Buyer appointment-setting MATCH! Program, now in its second year, MATCH! received favorable feedback as a time-saving way to discover new business partnerships. The October MATCH! Program generated 531 total meetings between qualified buyers and vendors. MATCH provided participants with pre-scheduled, guaranteed meeting opportunities with new customers, based on mutual categorical interests – allowing both parties the chance to meet with customers that they may not have met on their own time at the show.
The 2020 edition of the show will return to South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center from Oct. 7-10. For general show information, visit www.lvsouvenirshow.com.