NYIGF boasts best-ever event in three years
Home Textiles Today Staff -- Home Textiles Today, 8/25/2011 2:09:46 PM
White Plains, N.Y. - The New York International Gift Fair just wrapped up its latest bi-annual event, which represented its largest ever in attendance and exhibitor participation since summer 2008.
NYIGF described the growth it experienced at its summer 2011 fair - which took place Aug.13-18 -- as "reflecting a pre-recession level of business activity." It drew more than 2,800 companies - 110 more than in winter 2011 - and attracted a record 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and 80 countries, with especially strong attendance from Japan, Australia, South America and Canada.
"Anecdotally, exhibitors reported strong sales and order-writing," said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vp. "Despite negative economic reports, buyers were optimistic, and the resulting energy on the show floor was palpable."
Added JoAnne Grazzini, of Bed Head, an exhibitor in NYIGF's personal accessories division: "Both the winter and summer New York show are equally great for me now - this is a recession-proof market. I find the quality of buyers to be higher at NYIGF, and they place bigger orders here."
Nearly 450 companies exhibited for the first time at NYIGF in a variety of categories, such as home, tabletop, textiles, housewares, personal care, accessories, children's products and more.
The Fair's international representation was bolstered with new groups from Argentina, South Korea, Panama, China, India, Malaysia and Nepal. In total, 46 countries were represented throughout NYIGF's ten divisions.
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