The recently held Dallas Market Center and Total Home & Gift Market reported 55 per cent of the attendance compared with last summer’s market. The event took place from 19 to 25 August and organisers say a steady decline in local Covid-19 cases bolstered attendance at the fair.
In fact, the number of new buyers doubled from January, with the largest increase coming from the south east and the marketplace presented more than 60 new and expanded showrooms.
Cindy Morris, president and CEO: “This market was unprecedented in so many ways so on behalf of our exhibitors thank you to our buyers for their tremendous support. Working together, we created a market that supported business renewal while also being as safe as possible. Attendance was much better than expected, and the orders flowed into showrooms and Temps to drive business during a critical time. This show was a pivotal moment for retail but it’s one event as we support business throughout the summer, the fall and into 2021 with multiple buying opportunities and of course daily business. Superior to any other marketplace we are able to serve buyers when they are ready, and over the last 90 days we have welcomed thousands of buyers from 47 states. This pandemic has in many ways confirmed what we see as the new marketplace model—to serve buyers on their schedule and throughout the year.”