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Las Vegas Market Moves To Fall And Winter Show Dates

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World Market Center announced that, "in response to the evolving dynamics and desires of home furnishings buyers and manufacturers from around the globe, starting in 2009 World Market Center Las Vegas will host Las Vegas Market in Fall and Winter instead of Summer and Winter." The change in Market dates – based on extensive third-party surveys, conducted by Trade Show Week Research, and feedback from key constituents – is designed to better serve every segment of the home furnishings industry both domestically and internationally. In addition, starting with Sept. 2009, Las Vegas Market will be held for four days instead of the traditional five. The Fall 2009 Las Vegas Market will be held Sept. 14-17. The new date pattern for Fall 2009 and the Markets thereafter, officially start on Monday and close on Thursday, and do not conflict with any of the Jewish holidays. As in the past, showrooms wishing to remain open after the official close of Market are free to do so. The Winter 2009 Las Vegas Market will take place Feb. 9-13, 2009, as previously scheduled. Tenants, buyers, and designers indicated the unique efficiency of World Market Center’s campus allows them to maximize productivity in a shorter period of time while minimizing expenses. “World Market Center Las Vegas is the only venue of its kind that can adjust so quickly to the evolving needs of the industry,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Maricich. “Our comprehensive and fully integrated campus is the ideal market for conducting business productively and efficiently in four days. Our research clearly shows that buyers and exhibitors don’t want more days in a market; rather they want to focus on a market that is convenient and productive and is respectful of the value of their time and money. Las Vegas Market has emerged as the most efficient and productive market experience, and our new date pattern reinforces our commitment to maximize opportunities for participating exhibitors, buyers and designers. Importantly, our dates ensure a time of the year when hotel rates and other travel costs are quite reasonable, while delivering the world class experience and amenities that only Las Vegas can provide.” “We are proud to continue to deliver on our original vision of the most efficient, productive and fulfilling market experience for buyers and exhibitors,” said Jack Kashani and Shawn Samson, the Managing Partners of World Market Center. “At the same time, we have managed to present the widest selection of new products and segments of the home furnishings industry in one state-of-the-art campus.” The new dates also accommodate the international strategic partners and initiatives, as they avoid January, a month that has several European shows, and August, a vacation month for many Europeans. In addition to its Fall 2009 Las Vegas Market dates, World Market Center announced new Las Vegas Market dates through 2011. These dates are set for, Feb. 1-4, 2010; Sept. 13-16, 2010; Feb. 14-17, 2011; and Sept. 12-15, 2011. World Market Center also revealed it plans to launch a new and separate Gift and Decorative Accessories show in Summer 2010 to further address the specific needs of this important segment of the industry. The event will enable exhibitors to showcase their products at an opportune time for the holiday buying season. The initiative is part of World Market Center’s expanding business platform; other industry segments will be evaluated for possible stand alone trade shows as well. The recently concluded July 2008 Las Vegas Market hosted a record-breaking crowd with more than 50,000 buyers, exhibitors and designers and a growing share of international attendees. The world’s fastest growing home furnishings event also reported a 7 percent increase in attendance over last year which is a strong indication of Las Vegas Market’s continued growth. About World Market Center Las Vegas: World Market Center Las Vegas is an integrated home and hospitality contract furnishings showroom and trade complex in Las Vegas. With the opening of Building C, World Market Center now stands at more than five million square feet of space, exceeding the size of any trade merchandise mart in the United States. When fully built, at $3 billion, 12 million square feet and 8 buildings, World Market Center will be the largest trade show complex in the world. The state-of-the-art campus showcases furniture, decorative accessories, gift, lighting, area rugs, home textile and related segments, as well as the Las Vegas Design Center (LVDC), open year-round.

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