Urban Expositions—a producer of gift, souvenir and resort-merchandise trade shows—has acquired the Portland Gift & Accessories Show, the San Francisco Cash & Carry Show, the Seattle Cash & Carry Show and the Portland Cash & Carry Show from Western Exhibitors, which produces gift and home furnishings trade shows.
The latest acquisitions are part of Atlanta-based Urban Expositions’ continued western-region growth strategy. The company purchased the San Francisco International Gift Fair and Seattle Gift Show from dmg world media in 2009 and launched the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show in 2007.
Kelly McLoughlin, a long-time manager for all four shows under Western Exhibitors' management, has also joined Urban Expositions in the same role.
"With their product and target-customer profiles, we felt these shows offered a great opportunity not only to strengthen our presence in the region, but to tap into cross-marketing strategies to further build and grow all of the events we now manage out west," explained Doug Miller, president of Urban Expositions. "We look forward to building upon the quality customer service, friendly show atmosphere and long-term business relationship traits that Western is known for as we take over the reins for these shows."
Effective immediately, Urban Expositions is managing all four shows, including sales, marketing, operations and other day-to-day activities. As part of the sales agreement, the Western Exhibitors management team will serve an advisory role throughout the transition process. "Urban's hands-on management style and show-service philosophy mirror ours, so we felt it was the ideal company to take these events forward," said Wendy Tonkin, president of Western Exhibitors. "We look forward to working with them to ensure a quick and easy management transition."
The acquired gift-and-accessories shows feature an array of gifts, unique handmade products, one-of-a-kind vintage merchandise and fashion accessories. The cash-and-carry shows feature a host of gifts and collectibles, gourmet food products, fine and fashion jewelry, bath and spa items, aromatherapy, as well as handcrafted items, personal and fashion accessories, antiques and found objects.
2012 show editions include:
• Portland Gift & Accessories Show, March 3-5, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
• Portland Cash & Carry Show, Oct. 12-14, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
• Seattle Cash & Carry Show, Oct. 19-21, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA
• San Francisco Cash & Carry Show, Oct. 26-28, Concourse Exhibition Hall, San Francisco, CA