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Las Vegas Market Offers Products & Programs for Casual & Outdoor Industry

December 18, 2017

Las Vegas Market Offers Products & Programs for Casual & Outdoor Industry
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LAS VEGAS, NV - (December 18, 2017) - Las Vegas Market announced today that two educational sessions – addressing casual and outdoor category trends and business opportunities – will be presented in partnership with Casual Living during the Winter 2018 Las Vegas Market, January 28-February 1, 2018.  In total, some 180+ casual and outdoor resources will be featured in permanent showrooms and temporary exhibition space on floors C12 and C13 during the Winter Market.

“Casual/outdoor is one of the fastest-growing segments in the home furnishings category, and Las Vegas Market is uniquely timed to address shifting industry needs for buying and selling,” said Ryan Mahoney, Senior Vice President of Furniture Leasing, “With industry leaders like Agio developing new programs for our Winter Market, Las Vegas Market is rapidly changing the pre-market launch paradigm for the casual/outdoor industry.”

Mahoney pointed to industry research showing significant growth in the casual/outdoor category as one of the reasons for the segment’s successful growth at Las Vegas Market. “A September 2017 Casual Living study reported that outdoor features are included in 91% of newly constructed homes, and outdoor furniture sales are projected to grow 4.1% to more than $4.7 billion in 2017.  Las Vegas Market is tapping into this demand by providing casual, outdoor and patio buyers from all distribution channels with a 250,000+ square foot all-season, year-round category offering in one convenient location, as well as ready access to a breadth of complementary product offerings from top furniture, home décor and gift vendors exhibiting across our campus.”

Casual Seminars & Events

As an extension of this category growth, Las Vegas Market and Casual Living again will partner to present dedicated educational programming for casual and outdoor buyers and suppliers.  On Sunday, January 28, 2:00-3:00pm, “Outdoor on the Rise: Casual Living’s 2018 Universe Study,” Waynette Goodson, editor in chief of Casual Living and Exterior Design, will provide a comprehensive assessment of the outdoor industry, identifying growth areas and analyzing sales trends by segment. Goodson will present the report’s findings and explain what these trends mean for the industry.  

On Tuesday, January 30, 11:30am-12:30pm, Goodson will lead a second session addressing the importance of outdoor spaces and how the “fifth room” can boost business for interior designers. Sponsored by Exterior Design, “Casual Living Panel Discussion: The Business of Outdoor Design,” will explore how exterior spaces present a wealth of opportunity for the interior design community. Panelists will include designers Kelli Ellis, a celebrity interior designer, artist and lifestyle expert; Barry Livingstone, an interior designer, realtor, published author and industry influencer; and Gary Pettitt, CEO of Seasonal Living, manufacturer of indoor and outdoor furniture and accessories.

Both educational sessions will be held in the Casual Furniture Seminar Room on C12.  Las Vegas Market also will offer complimentary wi-fi, refreshments and daily Happy Hour on the Casual Floors, C12 and C13, Sunday through Wednesday, 4:00-6:00pm, to provide hospitality and networking opportunities during Winter Market. 

Casual/Outdoor Showrooms

Following the 2015 launch of two dedicated floors for casual/outdoor products, the category has rapidly expanded to encompass a wide range of products – from furniture to umbrellas to rugs to outdoor fireplaces and more – and leading brands. Notable exhibitors include: Agio; America’s Backyards & Outdoor Living; Couristan; Corriveau; Crosley Brands; Ebel; Eurostyle; Hanamint; Kannoa; KAS Rugs; Klaussner Outdoor; Lagoon Concept; O.W. Lee; Panama Jack; Pelican Reef; Plank & Hide Outdoor; Poly-Wood; Ratana; ScanCom; Skyline Design; South Sea Rattan; Summer Classics; Sunset West USA; Telescope Casual; Treasure Garden; Veneman Collections; and Zuo.

Las Vegas Market is the largest furniture market in the western United States, with more than 4 million square feet and 2,000+ furniture lines presented on 32 showroom floors, along with nearly 200 temporary exhibitors showcasing home furnishings on B2 and in The Pavilions at Las Vegas Market. In addition to key furniture categories, the Las Vegas Market is recognized as THE nation’s bedding market, with the top 14 producers represented, and as a growing resource for casual/outdoor furniture following its 2015 launch of two new, dedicated floors for the category. Key furniture categories presented at Las Vegas Market are: case goods, dining, upholstery, leather and casual/outdoor.

Las Vegas Market is the nation’s fastest growing gift and home décor market and the leading furniture marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 4,000+ gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. The Winter 2018 Las Vegas Market runs January 28 to February 1, 2018. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.  

About International Market Centers, L.P.
Las Vegas Market is produced by International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC), the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. International Market Centers owns and operates 12.2 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas. IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. For more information on IMC, visit http://imcenters.com/.

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Cindy Hodnett, 336-821-1548

Cathy Steel, 203-340-9251

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