Trade Shows

Upcoming events

    • 23 Aug 2014
    • 26 Aug 2014
    • 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

    Set to return August 23-26, 2014 with more than 500 booths, the Fort Lauderdale Gift Show will showcase products in virtually every category, including: general giftware; greeting cards; paper goods and social stationery; destination, resort and tourist merchandise; shell items; jewelry and fashion accessories; toys and games; decorative accessories; tabletop; logo products; gourmet products; garden gifts and much more. The show will also feature a special section of jewelry and fashion accessories for immediate delivery to the trade.  

    Nestled on the Intracoastal Waterway, and surrounded by all South Florida has to offer, the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is a high tech, 600,000-square-foot, three level meeting and conference facility equipped with state-of-the-art technological services. The Convention Center itself offers unlimited expansion opportunities for the show, as well as a consolidated show floor for attendees, a sophisticated telecommunications and networking infrastructure and more.

    Getting here couldn't be easier for fly-in or drive-in attendees. The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is easily accessible from I-95 or the Florida Turnpike. What's more, the center puts you in close proximity to a wide array of reasonably priced hotels, restaurants, plenty of parking, area amenities and more.

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    • 04 Sep 2014
    • 06 Sep 2014
    • 9899 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819


    Surf Expo is the largest and longest running board sports and beach/resort lifestyle tradeshow in the world. Produced in January and September, the show features more than 2,300 booths of apparel and hard goods and draws buyers from specialty stores, major resorts, cruise lines and beach rental companies from across the U.S., and more than 69 countries. Voted The Fastest Growing Show in the US by TSNN, Surf Expo hosts a full line up of special events, demos, fashion shows, and annual award ceremonies. For more information visit or contact Kathy Wilkie, Buyer Relations Manager at . All shows are open to trade only. 

    About Emerald Expositions

    Emerald is a leading operator of large business-to-business tradeshows in the United States, producing more than 85 tradeshows and conference events per year connecting over 525,000 buyers and sellers across ten diversified end-markets, including gift, home and general merchandise; sports; hospitality and retail design; jewelry, luxury, and antiques; e-commerce; photography; decorated apparel; building; healthcare; and military. Emerald is headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, California. The company’s shows are typically the most prominent and important for exhibitors and attendees within their various industries. For more information on Emerald, please visit .

    • 17 Sep 2014
    • 20 Sep 2014
    • Las Vegas Convention Center

    If you're in the souvenir and resort business, you cannot miss the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show!  Whether you're looking for custom and name drop designs, impulse items, eco-friendly or USA-made resources, it's all here.  Under one roof.  At the Las Vegas Convention Center.

    This year, you can explore nearly 1100+ booths showcasing thousands of lines of souvenir and resort products in a wide range of categories, including destination, resort and tourist merchandise, souvenirs, green products, T-shirts, beach items, Made in America, coastal and nautical, lake, mountain and lodge, ski-themed products,  logo products, shell items, giftware, jewelry/fashion accessories, toys/gamesand more.

    With discounted hotel rooms for pre-registered retail buyers, there is no bigger deal anywhere in the country.  Head over to our travel page
     for more information on all the deeply discounted hotel rates.

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    • 13 Oct 2014
    • 15 Oct 2014
    • Galveston Island Convention Center

    The 2014 Galveston Gift & Resort Merchandise Show will return to the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort in Galveston Island, TX from Monday, October 13- Wednesday, October 15,  2014.

    Targeting the specialized buying needs of coastal and resort retailers from Louisiana to Texas, the October 13-15, 2014
     show will offer area retailers the ideal opportunity to gear up for the coming resort season in a cost-effective, convenient and casual setting.  You don't want to miss out! 

    Located on Galveston’s popular Seawall Boulevard, the facility’s beachfront resort setting puts exhibitors and attendees within walking distance of a wide array of restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues.  In addition, there are more than 750 hotel rooms adjacent to the center with another 700 within a two-mile area.

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    • 22 Oct 2014
    • 24 Oct 2014
    • Boardwalk Beach Resort
    New Date Pattern and New Location for 2014 Edition
    The Gulf Coast Gift Show is moving to a Wednesday-Friday date pattern and we're also returning to the show's original location at the Boardwalk Beach Resort.

    Offering retailers from the Florida Panhandle and surrounding Gulf Coast areas to New Orleans an opportunity to buy last minute holiday merchandise and get a jump on their spring/summer resort buying, the Gulf Coast Gift Show returns October 22-24, 2014 to its original location at the Boardwalk Beach Resort.

    Panama City and surrounding area retailers will benefit from a tremendous selection of merchandise that's been truly customized to reflect the buying interests of the Florida Panhandle and surrounding Gulf Coast tourist trade. These buyers enjoy the fact that they can see such a great selection so close to home, including: destination, resort and tourist merchandise, souvenirs, beach items, resort wear, T-shirts, general giftware, logo products, fashion accessories, shell items, coastal and nautical themed products, toys and games and much more.

    • 02 Nov 2014
    • 06 Nov 2014
    • Sevierville Events Center 202 Gists Creek Road, Sevierville, TN. 37876

    IGES/SSS – The Biggest and Best is Getting Even Bigger and Better!

    The International Gift Exposition in the Smokies® will be celebrating its’ 15 Year Anniversary in 2014! “We are grateful for our outstanding and loyal buyers and exhibitors and for the overwhelming support they have shown IGES for well over a decade!” says co-owner Susan Mills.

    In 2000, with only 272 booths and barely more than 3,000 buyers, IGES was small but successful from the start! Today, with fifteen years of growth and with over 1,200 booths, IGES/SSS is THE LARGEST wholesale souvenir, resort and gift expo in the United States!

    “OUR BUYERS COME FIRST! From our very first show, IGES has put the needs of the buyers first. If buyers have successful experiences, exhibitors do as well… and… everything else falls into place! Everyone benefits! Our continued success is due in large part to our incredibly loyal group of buyers and vendors!” says co-owner Jerry Mayer.

    2014 boasts even MORE exciting news! Due to the overwhelming demand from buyers for Handcrafted and Made-in-America products in recent years, IGES will be showcasing special section at the Sevierville Convention Center focused on these exhibitor groups. Additionally, ALL Handcrafted and Made-in-America exhibitors will have signage displayed at both the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge and the Sevierville Convention Center, making them easy for buyers to locate.

    IGES will continue to host national buying groups, including ZAG (Zoo and Aquarium Gift Buyers), the NCA (National Caves Association), Museum Buyers, Campground Buyers, Water Park Buyers and Amusement Park Buyers as each group celebrates its’ annual networking dinner exclusively with IGES! Large or small, all retailers are welcome and invited to join the festivities in November 2014 as IGES/SSS celebrates Fifteen Years in the Smokies!

    • 03 Nov 2014
    • 06 Nov 2014
    • 234 Historic Nature Trail / Airport Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    For nearly 50 years, the Smoky Mountain Gift Show has been the most beloved show for the souvenir, resort and gift industry. Since 2011, we've worked hard to bring back the top-name product selection, buyer base, service levels and spirit of fun and hospitality that defined the show at its prime. This is the only show with roots that are deep and strong in the Smoky Mountains. 

    ► Interested in exhibiting? Be sure to complete our Exhibitor Information Request form and we'll send you information on the 2014 edition. You can also contact Show Manager Christina Bellfor more information.

    ► Interested in attending the show? Be sure to register online to receive your show badges and 2014 product preview guide in advance by mail. (You can also explore the 2013 Show Directory  to get an idea of the types of companies and lines you'll find on the show floor.)

    One Badge, Two Shows: For your buying convenience, Smoky Mountain Gift Show and IGES Buyer badges will be honored at all show locations. 

    ►In addition, we're also offering complimentary shuttle service for buyers between the Smoky Mountain Gift Show and the IGES Pigeon Forge Leconte Center available Monday- Thursday. Visit our Travel Page for more details.

    • 16 Nov 2014
    • 19 Nov 2014
    • Roland E. Powell Convention Center
    Returning to its traditional Sunday- Wednesday date pattern, the 2014 edition of the Northeast's biggest and most important souvenir and resort gift show is bigger and better than ever!

    Now coastal and resort retailers from Maine to Virginia Beach will find more than 450 booths filled with all the classic selections they have come to expect from the Ocean City Resort Gift Expo, as well as a number of newcomers.

    To get details on the business-building seminar, fun events and exciting giveaways happening during the show, please visit the Seminars, Events & Exhibitors page.

    • 07 Dec 2014
    • 10 Dec 2014
    • Myrtle Beach Convention Center

    Come see the latest trends at the largest and longest running coastal resort merchandise and gift show in the nation!

    From December 7-10, 2014, the Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show will return to Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, SC, bringing the nation’s retailers an unrivaled selection of themed merchandise, resort apparel, gifts and souvenirs.

    Now featuring more than 800-plus booths, the event, known among exhibitors and attendees as the “Big Kahuna,” remains the largest, longest-running coastal souvenir, resort merchandise and gift show in the nation.  Retailers can now explore an even greater selection of products from the industry’s leading resort and gift manufacturers and sales representatives in every product category, including resort gifts, souvenirs, novelties, nautical/coastal items, licensed products, beachwear, general gift and much more.

    Complementing this extensive selection, the Sheraton Myrtle Beach, which adjoins the Myrtle Beach Convention Center at the first and second floors, provides optimum convenience  for exhibitors and attendees.

    In addition to product, the Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show features an unrivaled selection of buyer services including: Goody Bag Giveaways and a Fabulous Show Party. See the Seminar & Events page for more details.

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