Trade Shows

December 20, 2018
Young Inventor Challenge ends with surprise

For the first time in its 13 year history, the Young Inventor Challenge (YIC), held annually during Chicago Toy and Game Week (ChiTAG), crowned three grand prize winners for Most Marketable Concept, a category sponsored by Target and Pressman Toy. Cain Guerra, a 4th grader from Palos Park, IL won... more »

December 17, 2018
ASTRA 2019 Marketplace & Academy registration open

The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) announced today that registrationfor its 2019 Marketplace & Academyis now open and offering a special pre-early bird Advanced Registration price for retailers and sales representatives through December 31, 2018. As of January 1, 2019, the Early Bird rate will be in effect until... more »

November 29, 2018
Ocean City Resort Gift Expo names best new exhibitor, best booth

Attracting coastal retailers from Maine to North Carolina, the November 11-13, 2018 edition of Ocean City Resort Gift Expo showcased new nautical, souvenir and coastal resort resources from top brands as well as 50 new companies. Attending retailers voted on a series of show awards –naming Map Mom as the... more »

November 27, 2018
IMC announces marketing and Digital team structure

Following its recently announced executive leadership team appointments and long-range market plans, International Market Centers (IMC) has shared a new integrated structure and staffing for its Marketing and Digital teams. “IMC is committed both to maintaining the unique personality of each of our markets and to the enrichment of the... more »

November 22, 2018
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 breaks new records

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) shattered records this week at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 with the highest attendance and largest trade show floor in the event’s history. A record 42,000 registered attractions industry professionals gathered in Orlando to learn, buy, and network during the association’s 100th... more »

November 21, 2018
New showrooms, expansions and renovations update AmericasMart

Holiday and floral trend leaders are expanding andupdating their spaces in AmericasMart’s celebrated Holiday & Floral / Home Décor collection in preparation for the first buying opportunity of 2019: The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market®. The expansions, in combination with new showrooms, put thecollection nearly at capacity for... more »

November 16, 2018
NY NOW Cares to benefit Gift for Life initiatives

Two of Gift for Life’s beneficiaries – LIFELINE for Feeding America and DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS – will be the recipients of funds raised through NY NOW Cares, a new initiative which fosters community between market registrants and noteworthy charitable causes by giving back. In connection with the... more »

November 15, 2018
Quality buyers, new resources headline November 2018 Smoky Mountain Gift Show

Exhibitors reported brisk business and steady order-writing with new accounts during the show, too. “The Smoky Mountain Gift Show is one of our busiest shows of the year. We've been nonstop busy all day, it's been madness,” said Josh Glisan, Dust City Designs, Denver, CO. “This is the best show... more »
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