Press Release: NYC & COMPANY WELCOMES BACK THE SUMMER 2011 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL GIFT FAIR TO NYC

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—New York City’s Largest Trade Show Expects 55,000 Market-Goers from 85 Countries and all 50 States—

—Gift Fair Generates More Than 21,000 Room-Nights and Delivers $42 Million in Economic Impact to the City—

—Show Debuts Gourmet Housewares featuring high-end kitchenware and introduces “Artisan Jewelry” and “On Trend” showcase areas; Brooklyn Quilter Haptic Lab named inaugural scholarship winner—

New York City (August 9, 2011) —NYC & Company, the City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, welcomes back the Summer 2011 New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®) to New York City, an wholesale industry event with more than 2,800 exhibiting companies from around the world, and 55,000 market-goers from 85 countries and all 50 states.  The semiannual market, which is the City’s largest tradeshow, is expected to generate more than 21,000 room-nights and $42 million in economic impact for New York.  The NYIGF begins on Saturday, August 13, and runs through Thursday, August 18, filling New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94. 

“The New York International Gift Fair is an important asset to New York City and a great economic driver,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company. “As the City’s largest trade show and one that brings more than 35,000 market-goers, retailers and craftspeople to New York City twice a year, the NYIGF is an essential partner in helping New York City retain its position as the leading U.S. tourism destination.”

NYIGF presents its 2,800 exhibitors in 10 carefully categorized product divisions.  Highlights of the Summer 2011 NYIGF include: The debut of the Gourmet Housewares Show, featuring 150 high-end cooking, dining and kitchen preparation products; the expansion of General Gift to feature a new “On Trend” neighborhood with collection-driven, fashion forward resources; the addition of an “Artisan Jewelry” showcase within NY Newest; a sold out Accent on Design, featuring more than 20 newly accepted design-forward suppliers; and return of the SustainAbility: design for a better world® exhibit¸featuring some 200 “green” gift, home and lifestyle products; and Brooklyn quilt designer, Haptic Lab, has been named one of the inaugural Carol Sedestrom Ross “Maker-to-Market” scholarship winners this year.

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International participation across the NYIGF is up 20% this year, with 380+ companies from 46 countries around the world represented at NYIGF,

 A complete list of exhibitors is available online at search.nyigf.com.

“NYIGF will showcase the ‘best of the best’ in consumer products for everyday living and giving,” said  Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president.  “Some 35,000 retailers from across the U.S. and around the world will converge on New York City in search of products for 4th quarter resale. The show will present 100,000 products with representation from emerging designers and established brands in its 400 product categories.”

The NYIGF has created a new application this year for market-goers’ mobile devices. The free application is available for download through iTunes, the Android Market, BlackBerry App World, and http://search.nyigf.com/mobile.aspx.

The NYIGF hosts special lectures, events and awards throughout the 6-day event. For more information on all of these events, please go to nyigf.com/programs. 

The NYIGF is open to trade members only, not the general public. Please submit your request for a press badge, by August 12, to CathySteel@CathySteelAssociates.com. Review required credentials online at nyigf.com/press.

About NYC & Company:

NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For all there is to do and see in New York City, visit nycgo.com.

 

About NYIGF:

NYIGF is the nation’s premier gift, home and lifestyle marketplace, with more than 2,800 exhibiting companies featuring an extraordinary breadth and depth of design-driven home fashion products and complementary giftware. Some 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 85 countries worldwide are expected. Information and registration is available online at nyigf.com.

About the Javits Center:

The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York opened in 1986 as the successor to the NY Coliseum. Javits is New York City’s largest venue for conventions, trade shows and special events. Home to many of the top 200 trade shows, Javits hosts about 150 events with an average attendance of 3.5 million per year. These events contribute to the city and state economies by stimulating direct and indirect employment, economic activity and tax revenues, and by supporting the city’s hotel, restaurant, tourism and entertainment industries. For more information, visit javitscenter.com.