ZAG Travel Sponsorship
One of ZAG’s goals is to help its members gather more information about the zoo/aquarium retail industry to make the best buying decisions possible for their facility’s gift shops. A large part of that involves knowing what vendors and product lines are available in order to make decisions on which vendor has the best products at the best prices. One way to gain this knowledge is by attending trade shows. However, not every facility has the budget to send their merchandise buyer to a show.
ZAG is pleased to announce that it will sponsor a ZAG member from two different facilities to attend ZAG week with 3 different shows, International Gift Exposition in the Smokies (IGES), Sevierville, TN, running November 3rd-6th, IGES in Pigeon Forge, running November 4-8th and the Smoky Mountain Gift Show (SMGS), Gatlinburg, TN, running Nov 4-7. The 2015 Annual ZAG Week will take place during this time, and the two selected buyers will be able to take part in many ZAG Week networking activities, including the Annual ZAG Business Meeting and Dinner. ZAG will cover each member’s transportation, lodging and meals. In addition, ZAG will provide a “mentor” for each recipient who will help them navigate the shows, meet fellow buyers, and provide valuable gift industry related insight while at the shows.
In order to qualify for the sponsorship, each recipient must:
• Be available November 2-8, 2015
• Be employed by an institution that has not provided funds for gift buyers to attend national gift shows in the past five years.
• Attend Annual ZAG Week-sponsored networking functions, including the ZAG members’ Annual Business Meeting and Dinner.
• Be interviewed after their trip for a future ZAG newsletter article sharing their experiences at the shows, the new vendors and product lines they found, and any suggestions they have for other ZAG members who can’t get to a gift show.
The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, August 7, 2015. A random drawing of all applications received will be held and the winners will be notified by mail and phone by Friday, August 21. Applications must be sent to:
This is a great and unique opportunity to dramatically expand your list of vendors and industry contacts in order to offer your guests fresh and exciting new product.
CURRENT GOLD SPONSORS!
Art Studio Company
Cool Jewels by Phillips International
Great American Products
Green Kids Club, INC
K & M/Wild Republic
Odle Group-Gravity Graphics
Out of Hand Graphics
Sandy Creek Mining Company
The Petting Zoo
Tropical Seas, Inc. / Reef Safe
Wildlife Artists, Inc.
Slideshow of 2014 ZAG Week Events