Although it was decidedly smaller and quieter, the 2020 Summer Las Vegas Market delivered positive results with a modified format and extensive safety measures. Held Aug. 30–Sept. 3 at the World Market Center Las Vegas, the biannual gift, home décor and lifestyle event also provided a much-needed opportunity for industry interaction while taking an important step for future events in Las Vegas.
According to officials from International Market Centers, the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for furniture, gift, home décor, rug and apparel industries, the event’s showroom-only appointment format took place in 40 percent of its permanent showrooms, with manufacturers, importers and representative groups showcasing more than 1,300 resources.
Attendance was at 20 percent compared to 2019 numbers, with43 states represented and 76 percent of attendees coming from Western states.
Creating a safe and secure environment was a top priority for show management. Buyers had to pre-register for one of the two three-day sessions. Onsite measures included contactless badging, temperature screening, educational signage, showroom and elevator occupancy limits and the required use of personal protective equipment (PPE), which are all part of IMC’s Together Safely reopening strategy.
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