According to the Las Vegas Market, there are major buyers and visitors from nearly 80 countries already registered to attend the upcoming show January 22-26, plus 100 international companies confirmed to exhibit.
“As the fastest-growing home décor and gift market in the Western states and the West Coast’s only furniture market, Las Vegas Market continues to demonstrate enormous appeal to retailers and exhibitors from around the globe,” notes Robert Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers. “Las Vegas Market is a focal point for the international home furnishings community, creating a dynamic and productive selling and shopping environment for international buyers and exhibitors.”
To date, Canada represents the highest number of registered participants, with executives from 12 of the top 20 Canadian retail firms confirmed to attend, including the Cantrex Group, Leon’s Furniture, Mega Group, and The Brick. A significant number of visitors from Mexico also are registered, including representatives from Ace Home Center and Muebleria Placencia. Other notable international retailers planning to attend Winter Market include Unicomex from El Salvador, Furniture Palace from Curacao, and Ferreteria ACE from Costa Rica.
Las Vegas Market is implementing a number of new and notable initiatives to welcome and cater to international buyers. Seminars – including Las Vegas Market’s signature FIRST LOOK trend program – will be simultaneously translated into Spanish, and a “Trends and Design Seminar” will also be presented exclusively in Spanish by Julio Cesar Chavez, President of SMI, Sociedad Mexicana de Interioristas (the Association of Interior Designers in Mexico). Additionally, top retailers from Mexico are slated to participate in a special roundtable discussion about ways to improve their experiences at Las Vegas Market. There will be a special International Buyers Lounge on the first floor of Building C, where a light breakfast and lunch will be served and Spanish-speaking interpreters will be available as needed. Las Vegas Market also will offer a Spanish translation of its popular “Market 101” video.
In addition to the increasing numbers of international buyers, Las Vegas Market is attracting considerable numbers of international exhibitors as well as U.S. representatives of international firms. The countries represented are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Portugal, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and United Kingdom.
Large numbers of international brands and globally sourced products will be spotlighted in temporary exhibits at The Pavilions at Las Vegas Market. The HOME and B HOME segments will showcase new and returning international exhibitors, including: Amalia Home Collection, Art Hide, Basil Bangs, Nordlinen, Old Regime, and Perciado Mexican Imports. The GIFT and DESIGN sections will feature: Animo Glass, Brainstream, Design Africa, Men’s Society, and Santoro. The HANDMADE segment will showcase: 12 Small Things, All Across Africa, Bridge for Africa, Culturas, Dolma, Inc., Dunitz & Company, Graymarket Design, Malia Designs, Mata Traders, and Shupaca.