New York gift fair enjoys visitor boost

The organiser of the New York International Gift Fair, held earlier this month, says that an increase in visitor numbers reflects “the positive mood of the market”.
According to GLM, the winter edition of the show attracted some 35,000 visitors, an increase of almost 5% over last year’s winter show, while company attendance was up 7%. The numbers included a large international buyer presence, with retailers coming from 74 countries. The UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico and Japan, were the top sources of international visitors.

The show hosted 2,800 exhibitors, of which 500 were new.

“Growth in both individual and company attendance reflects an increasingly healthy economy and amplified the positive mood of the market,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president.

“Anecdotally, exhibitors reported a week of strong order writing, especially within home product categories, including textiles, tabletop, home furnishings and gourmet housewares.”

The next show runs August 18 to 23 2012 at New York’s Javits Center, and will run concurrently with the Gourmet Housewares Show. Here, around 150 exhibitors showing gourmet housewares will be positioned alongside an additional 200 relevant tabletop suppliers in NYIGF’s Tabletop & Housewares division.

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