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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.


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



Safari Ltd.®

Sandy Creek Mining Company

The Petting Zoo

Tree-Free Greetings

Tropical Seas, Inc. / Reef Safe

Village Originals

Wildlife Artists, Inc.

Slideshow of 2014 ZAG Week Events

Featured member


ZAG Events

17 Sep 2015 5:30 PM • convention center
03 Nov 2015 5:30 PM • Rainforest Adventures
04 Nov 2015 5:30 PM • La Conte Center

Upcoming Trade Shows

02 Aug 2015 • Las Vegas Convention Center: 3150 Paradise Road Las Vegas, NV 89101
02 Aug 2015 • 475 S. Grand Central Pkwy. Las Vegas, NV 89106
08 Aug 2015 • Orange County Convention Center West Concourse, Hall WD2 9800 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819
09 Aug 2015 • St. Charles Convention Center

ZAG Contact Information

If you are looking to join ZAG, either as a Buyer or a Sponsor, click on Join Us, and select the level you want. If you are a new Sponsor. please fill out the application completely and mail both your dues and application to the address provided. You will receive an email either confirming your membership or an explanation as to why it was denied. New sponsors please read the New Sponsor information here.

Want to know what ZAG is all about? Check out the About Us section to see our Mission Statement, History and other information.

If you have any questions about becoming a Sponsor contact Robin by phone 561-793-1084 ext. 2240 or email: lionden@lioncountrysafari

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