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NYIGF Boasts Double-Digit Attendance at Winter 2010 Event

The New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) reported a double-digit increase in attendance at its show earlier this month.

Attendance reached more than 35,000, the NYIGF said.

The recent event comprised 2,700 exhibitors — 400 of them new to the show.

NYIGF also noted “significant out-of-region attendance,” with “strong international attendance” from Canada as well as Europe, South America, Australia and Asia. Domestically, retailers from all 50 U.S. states were represented. Of these, the largest gains came from surrounding states like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as well as New England and the mid-Atlantic states.

As was announced during the recent show, changes to the event will begin in summer 2010. They include: the introduction of a new Baby+Child category; recategorization of NYIGF’s Handmade division into distinct Handmade Designer Maker and Handmade Global Resources classifications; and the reintroduction of New York’s Newest at Pier 92. The phased changes will be phased to synchronize with construction and renovation of the Javits Center, which is scheduled to be completed in summer 2013.

Other highlights of the winter 2010 market included the introduction of new business-to-business opportunities with the winter market debut of The Licensing Gallery @ NYIGF®, a showcase of artists, designers and licensing agents offering licensed artwork for product application in numerous industries.

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