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GLM to launch Global Home Textiles Show in Orlando.

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NEW YORK -- GLM has announced that it expects more than 300 exhibitors, primarily from China and other parts of Asia, at the 2007 Global Home Textiles Show, which will be held May 8 to 10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. About 3,000 attendees are expected.

The show will offer overseas manufacturers a chance to showcase their products and manufacturing capabilities in bed and bath fashions, table linens, kitchen textiles, pillows, area rugs, window treatments and other home accents.

"The show will have a large informational and educational component," said Penny Sikalis, GLM vice president and group show manager. "We plan to hold programs and a retail shopping tour to help exhibitors become more familiar with the U.S. market, and other events to give attendees a better understanding of what to look for in overseas companies."

Although it's been linked in the past to other shows, such as the New York Home Textiles Show and the Home Textiles Market Week, Global Home Textiles will be held every May as a stand-alone show, Sikalis said. Collocated with the Gourmet Housewares Show and National Hardware Show, the show will make a permanent move to Las Vegas beginning in 2008.

GLM also recently announced it has ended its freestanding New York Home Textiles Show and, beginning in August, will integrate the show into the New York International Gift Show. The textiles show has declined in size since it went to a different timing sequence from the main showroom show portion of the textiles market last year.

As part of the gift event, textiles exhibitors will be grouped together within the At Home division and be located at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The textiles show had been held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, a smaller exhibit space, the past several seasons. GLM said it expects between 100 and 150 textiles exhibitors for the summer gift show in August and as many as 200 next year.

Over the past several years, more and more textiles companies have exhibited at the gift show, appealing to independent gift stores that carry textiles products.
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Title Annotation:the markets: textiles
Author:Bockelman, Christine
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Date:Mar 12, 2007
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