The International Gift Exposition in the Smokies® (IGES) is just around the corner and attendees have a lot to look forward to. With a variety of buyer amenities that range from opening day buyers’ receptions to area lodging discounts to specialty networking dinners to free on-site parking to complimentary buyer breakfasts to cash prizes and more, retail buyers attending IGES can expect to be entertained while also engaged as they discover new inventory, visit longtime favorite vendors and explore all that the Smokies have to offer.

Focusing on the souvenir, resort and gift industries, IGES features the hottest trends in retail across categories that include resort apparel, collectibles, souvenirs, games and toys, licensed items, novelties, name-drop inventory, personalized jewelry and accessories, handcrafted goods, Made in the USA items and much more. As Rick Conway from Squire Boone Village explains, IGES provides “the best souvenir and resort merchandise trade show in the world. There is no better souvenir wholesale trade show that comes close to providing buyers with such a large number and variety of quality souvenir wholesale exhibitors.”

Beyond outstanding inventory, some of the exciting opportunities that IGES will offer its attendees this upcoming November include the following:

 

Fall Harvest Streetfest Hosted by the City of Sevierville & IGES

 IGES and the City of Sevierville have partnered to offer attendees an unforgettable experience filled with festivities, music, food, and giveaways. Join other IGES attendees for an exceptional night of networking and building opportunities that will make your trip one to remember. There will be complimentary shuttle service from the Sevierville Convention Center and LeConte Convention Center to the event – helping to make your evening festivities that much more fun! Taking place at the Sevier County Courthouse on Saturday, November 3rd from 6 to 9PM, this is the perfect way to spend an evening in Tennessee with other IGES attendees! RSVP HERE!

 

Buyer Bucks

Where else can you spend a buck… then get a buck? At the Sevierville Convention Center, this is exactly what you can get with select, participating exhibitors. New to IGES this year, the Buyer Bucks Program at IGES 2018 lets buyers earn cash back when shopping at the show with participating exhibitors. Click here for more information.

 

Moonshine Mingle

Taking place Monday, November 5th at the Sevierville Convention Center in the main lobby from 3:30 – 5:30 PM, join IGES as they celebrate another year with some moonshine! One of the country’s greatest spirits, this social event is a great excuse to get a taste of Tennessee while mingling with other IGES attendees, as well. The best part? No RSVP is necessary. Simply show up, mingle and enjoy some moonshine if your desire!

 

Walk with Bigfoot

Taking place at the Pigeon Forge location of IGES November 4-6 of the show, retail buyers are encouraged to visit exhibitors at Yeti Village (North Corridor) and Sasquatch Village (South Corridor) for a chance to win the daily raffle. Simply collect a stamp at each village for a chance to win (Terms & Conditions here)! Contest instructions and rules will be listed in the “Walk with Bigfoot Stamp Card”, which will be inserted in the show directory.

 

Finally, for a full listing of not-to-miss IGES events, click here!

 

By Nicole Leinbach Reyhle

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