ATLANTA–The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, which wrapped up yesterday, posted “huge gains” across all measures, particularly in national and international attendance and first-to-market buyer totals, said owner and operator AmericasMart.
On-site actual registrations for the eight-day market showed healthy year-over-year gains with increases as high as 53 percent posted on key attendance days, AmericasMart said. Preliminary hotel occupancy results reports indicated an increase in the average length of stay per attendee to 4.2 days, the highest recorded since 2006. AmericasMart also noted a growth in buyer attendance from all national regions beyond the show’s principal Southeast base—including the Midwest and Far West—plus an international presence beyond the Americas. Meanwhile, the Market’s first-time buyer total—a measure of new buyers having not attended any previous Atlanta market—saw high double-digit increases.
Powering momentum throughout the Market was the new AmericasMart App, which made its debut and, according to iTunes, was among the 10 most popular apps in all business-to-business categories.