LAS VEGAS–World Market Center Las Vegas said it moved the dates for its winter 2009 market from the last week of January to Feb. 9 through Feb. 13, 2009, to better align the market with exhibitor business cycles, relieve industry show conflicts and offer more favorable Las Vegas hotel rates.
Specifically, Las Vegas is targeting more international attendees, who might attend January shows in Europe, and the gift industry, which also has a very crowded January trade show calendar, officials said.
“We are committed to meeting the evolving needs of our customer base, and adjusting our Market schedule is one way of doing that,” said Robert Maricich, president and chief executive officer of World Market Center.
But the move may actually pose a problem for exhibitors of at least one trade show: the Tupelo Furniture Market scheduled for February 19 through 22. According to published reports, Bill Cleveland, president of the Tupelo Furniture Market, is reevaluating the dates of the Tupelo Market to give retailers and exhibitors enough time between shows.