Officials at International Market Centers, owners of the World Market Center in Las Vegas, reported “a significant uptick in attendance” at the winter Las Vegas Market held Jan. 30–Feb. 3. It was the strongest show in three years, with increased traffic, increased order writing and “scores of new showrooms,” organizers said. While specific attendance figures were not provided, the market reported a 14% increase in “attending companies” over the 2011 winter market, a 23% increase in buyers as compared with the summer 2011 market and a 58% increase in mattress buyers over the summer 2011 market. IMC also reported more international buyers, particularly from Canada, Latin America and the Middle East.
April 1, 2012