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Las Vegas Market Hosts 4th Annual Hospitality Link Event

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Las Vegas Market recently announced that for the fourth consecutive year, they will help designers, specifiers and purchasing firms connect with hospitality industry suppliers during its forthcoming Hospitality Link. For 2017, the annual match-making and networking event, has been extended to run over three-days, running Tuesday, March 7 through Thursday, March 9.

“Las Vegas Market has seen a steady and substantive rise in trade with the hospitality industry and we have extended this year’s Hospitality Link to three days to satisfy growing demand,” said Bob Maricich, Chief Executive Officer, International Market Centers. “Though many of the Las Vegas Market vendors aren’t mainstream hospitality resources, an increasing number of our showroom tenants are now building business with the hospitality trade, and Hospitality Link offers hospitality buyers and designers a resource for new and unique resources that are relevant to their needs. As the leading furniture, home decor and gift destination in the western United States, Las Vegas Market is committed to facilitating new business opportunities and bringing buyers and sellers together in a focused, efficient and professional atmosphere.”

Jointly presented by International Market Centers (IMC) and Van Ess Group, Hospitality Link will bring 18 active, highly qualified hospitality designers, purchasing agents, owners and operators to some 18 Las Vegas Market vendor showrooms for intimate, 30-minute meetings. Networking activities and meals will be provided, giving buyers and sellers additional time to meet and socialize.

Similar events are not uncommon in the industry; however, Hospitality Link is unique because the meetings take place in showrooms where vendors can showcase full product lines, and designers and buyers can touch and feel the products. “Hospitality Link provided me with the opportunity to tour showrooms and discuss products in person,” said Michelle, Purcell, Interior Designer and Purchaser with FFKR Architects. “The exposure to new vendors was extremely beneficial as a purchasing agent. It is easier to see physical samples and imagine how they can relate to a project rather than flipping through catalogs. I was also able to discuss price ranges along with custom capabilities for future projects.”

In 2017, participating hospitality firms include: AJC; ADM Associates; Balongue Design; Genterro; Helen Reed Design; Cuningham Group; Judd Brown Designs; LuP Interiors; MatchLine Design; RD Jones; Seifert Murphy; Studio V; Antunovich Assoc.; Ritsick Design; Kieffer Design Group; Marzipan Interior Design; J Banks Design; and Wynn Design & Development.

Returning Hospitality Link vendor Jason Phillips, Vice President, Phillips Collection, said, “Hospitality Link is an amazing way for us to expose our full collection to the elite hospitality design firms. The format—which takes place in our flagship showroom—allows us to give them an immersive experience of our products and capabilities. Nothing compares to them coming into our showroom, where we have their full attention and much more time to go over the line.”

Participating showrooms for 2017 include: Charleston Forge/The MT Company; Christopher Guy; Currey & Company; Cyan Design; Global Views; GO Home; Gold Leaf Design Group; Howard Elliott; Jamie Young Company; Kalco Lighting; Leftbank Art; Nourison; OW Lee; Palecek; Phillips Collection; Stylus; Veneman Collection; and Wendover Art.

Las Vegas Market is the nation’s fastest growing gift and home décor market and the leading furniture marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 4,000+ gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. The Summer 2017 Las Vegas Market runs July 30-August 3, 2017. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.

More about Las Vegas Market and International Market Centers, L.P.: Las Vegas Market is the most comprehensive furniture, home décor and gift market in the United States, presenting a unique cross-section of 4,000+ resources in an unrivaled market destination. With two markets each year, retailers and designers can shop a broad assortment of product from thousands of manufacturers of furniture, mattress, lighting, decorative accessories, floor coverings, home textiles, tabletop, general gift and more — delivering the most complete, cross-category wholesale tradeshow for the furniture, home décor and gift industries in the United States.

For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.

More about International Market Centers: Las Vegas Market is produced by International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC), the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. International Market Centers owns and operates 12.1 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas. IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. For more information on IMC, visit http://imcenters.com/.

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