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World Market Center Las Vegas Offers Free Retailer Memberships to GHTA

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Following its successful partnership at the Winter 2011 Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market, World Market Center Las Vegas announced that it will once again provide hundreds of complimentary retailer memberships to the Gift & Home Trade Association for new gift buyers who register and attend the Summer 2011 Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market, Aug. 1-5.

Gift buyers in attendance at the last Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market were the first to receive free memberships after World Market Center Las Vegas forged a strategic partnership with the association. That partnership was designed to bring new gift buyers to the bi-annual markets while increasing membership numbers for the national Association. An additional 400 complimentary memberships are available to gift buyers only who are either completely new to market or who have not been to the Las Vegas show for three market cycles. All qualifying buyers also must be in attendance at Summer Market to obtain the membership and will be notified post-market with membership details.

“This offer reflects our ongoing commitment to growing the gift segment at Las Vegas Market,” said Robert Maricich, chief executive officer of International Market Centers, parent company of World Market Center Las Vegas. “We’re confident that these free memberships, along with the wide array of attending gift exhibitors and our success in creating a compelling Market, will drive significant buyer attendance this summer.”

Retailers will benefit in a variety of ways from joining the GHTA, including access to the annual all-member conference featuring nationally renowned speakers; networking and cocktail receptions at major industry shows In addition, members also will be eligible for health insurance, discounted pricing on trade publications, monthly e-newsletters highlighting association news and events, e-clips, a monthly listing of articles of interest, the Brandwise Gift and Home Index, discounted credit card processing, a free 20-minute session with the GHTA attorney and a dynamic website with a members-only section.

Specific benefits for retailers include access to the Independent Retailers Resource Center (www.IndependentRetailers.biz), which provides retailers with information and tools to brand and publicize their stores, as well as the Retailer Help Desk, which gives retailers the opportunity to e-mail retailer-specific questions to the GHTA for consideration. They also will be provided with education opportunities at various events, seminars, quarterly webinars and retailer-to-retailer breakfast seminars at major trade shows throughout the year.

Registration for Summer 2011 Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market is now open. Attendees are able to register online at www.giftandhomelv.comand take advantage of discounted hotel rates at some of Las Vegas’ best hotels, both on and off the Strip, through the Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market website.

 For more information on Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market, visit www.giftandhomelv.com.

About World Market Center Las Vegas: World Market Center Las Vegas is an integrated home and hospitality contract furnishings showroom and trade complex. The campus showcases furniture, decorative accessories, gift, lighting, area rugs, home textiles and related segments, as well as the Las Vegas Design Center open daily to consumers and designers. For more information on World Market Center Las Vegas and its trade shows including the bi-annual Las Vegas Market and Gift+Home, visit www.wmclv.com. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

World Market Center Las Vegas is a property of 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 11.5 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 imcenters.com.

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