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Las Vegas Market targets textiles for 2014

Announces market schedule for 2013 and 2014
Las Vegas - As part of a sweeping physical and strategic repositioning of its market activities, International Market Centers' World Market Center unit here will actively go after home textiles exhibitors and tenants for 2014, targeting better top-of-the-bed and decorative pillow resources initially.

The appeal to the textiles industry is one element of a three-phase plan to group gift and home decor companies into Building C at the market complex, an effort that will start to happen in January 2013. Furniture and decor companies that cater more to the furniture market will be grouped together in Buildings A and B at the same time. Textiles products are utlimately planned be shown on floors 4 and 5 of Building C.
Rugs and floor coverings will continue to be shown throughout the market complex with those suppliers being positioned depending on their customer bases.
"This plan re-imagines and re-aligns the presentation of gift and home decor here," said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift + Home Decor, who joined IMC four months ago from her position running the New York Gift Show for George Little Management.
"By strengthening existing resources, launching new categories and enriching the presentation of better goods, we will create an unparalleled marketplace for gift and home products in the western United States," she added.
When the World Market Center first opened about seven years ago, it made an initial attempt to pull the home textiles market out of New York and host it at the facility. That effort did not succeed, and while the building has a robust base of rug, furniture and home decor exhibitors, the home textiles representation has been sparse. This current effort is focused more on better textiles companies that appeal to gift and home decor stores and not necessarily to core sheet and towel suppliers for larger big-box stores.
The market center also announced its dates for the next two years: Jan. 28-Feb. 1 and July 29-Aug. 2 for 2013 and Jan. 27-31 and July 28-Aug. 1 for 2014.

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