Winter 2023 Atlanta Market Attendance Posts Double-Digit Growth
Atlanta Market attendance posted double-digit growth over the Winter 2022 staging, International Market Centers (IMC) reported, attracting buyers from all 50 states and 56 countries. International traffic significantly increased, nearly doubling year-over-year with a notable 350% increase in Canadian attendees. Domestically, attendance from the Northeast grew by more than 40% and the Southwest by more than 70%. Atlanta Market took place Jan. 10-16 at AmericasMart Atlanta.
“Atlanta Market is thriving!” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “It felt like the Atlanta Market that buyers and sellers know and love. The surprise and delight of new product, connecting with new and old industry friends, engaging with programming — and even waiting for a packed elevator— were welcome signs of a confident industry looking forward.”
Positive Response to Casual/Outdoor Furnishings Launch
The soft launch of AmericasMart’s new Casual/Outdoor Furnishings collection was reportedly a major draw at Atlanta Market. Some 41 showrooms opened for their first Atlanta Market with expansive presentations for retailers and designers.
“We were much busier than we expected for our first show in our new Floor 2 space — we had more than 600 badge scans,” says exhibitor James Oh, assistant vice president of sales for Summer Classics and Gabby. “Business was definitely happening on Floor 2 with influential showrooms like Telescope Casual, Lloyd Flanders and us together. Our new showroom is going to have an impact on the Summer Classics brand.”
Buying Groups and Key Accounts Return to Market
Driving Atlanta Market’s attendance growth was the return of major buying groups, associations and key accounts for the first time since Winter 2020. Some 15 buying groups and associations hosted member meetings and presented programming at the Winter 2023 Atlanta Market.
Beyond buying, retailers and designers could attend more than 20 events over three days.
The Summer 2023 Atlanta Market is July 11-17 at AmericasMart Atlanta. The debut of Casual Market Atlanta runs July 10-13.