Sevierville, TN
Oct 31 - Nov 3, 2017
Pigeon Forge, TN
Nov 1 - 4, 2017

IGES Buyer Events

  • Pancake Breakfast

  • Location: Sevierville
  • Where: Ballroom B
  • When: Friday, November 3
  • Time: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. (RSVP's Only)
  • Description:

    Join us on Friday at Sevierville for a yummy pancake breakfast! Spaces are limited, Click Here to RSVP

  • Donuts & Coffee

  • Location: Sevierville & Pigeon Forge
  • Where: Lobby
  • When: Sevierville: Tuesday, October 31st; Pigeon Forge: Wednesday, November 1
  • Time: 8:45 a.m. (first come, first served)
  • Description:

    We want to welcome you to IGES Opening Day at Sevierville & Pigeon Forge! Connect with old friends and meet new friendly faces over complimentary hot coffee, tea and freshly baked donuts in the lobby of both venues on opening day. Get there on time before they’re all gone!

  • Daily Gift Card Raffle Giveaway

  • Location: Sevierville
  • Where: Lobby, Near Fireplace
  • When: October 31 - November 3
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Description:

    Win $50!!! Enter to win our daily giveaway. Stop by the Sevierville Convention Center Lobby (near fireplace) to fill out your raffle ticket. Winner will be randomly chosen at 2 p.m. but does not need to be present.

  • Cheers! It's Happy Hour!

  • Location: Sevierville
  • Where: Sevierville Snack Shack (Café)
  • When: October 31 - November 2
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Description:

    All Buyers are invited to enjoy Beer and Wine at our fabulous Snack Shack. Just show your badge at entrance.

  • Lounge & Learn presented by Meet the Experts

  • Location: Sevierville
  • Where: Lobby
  • When: October 31 - November 3
  • Time: 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., & 3:00 p.m.
  • Description:

    Join industry experts as they deliver fireside, Lounge & Learn experiences aimed to help you increase store success. Each 30 minute session is complimentary for all attendees, offering quick learning experiences to help you strengthen your store operations, sales and more. Sessions offered daily (10/31 – 11/03) near the Lobby of Sevierville Convention Center at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. To see the full schedule click here.

  • Meet the Experts

  • Location: Sevierville
  • Where: Lobby
  • When: Oct 31 - Nov 3
  • Time: All Day During Show Hours
  • Description:

    Sit down with one of our business service experts and learn how their services can help your business thrive. Companies represented include Refund Retriever, Dor, English Management Solutions and RMSA.

  • Aurora World Giveaway

  • Location: Pigeon Forge
  • Where: Registration Desk
  • When: November 1 - 3
  • Time: 9:00 a.m.
  • Description:

    The first 100 buyers to register the first three days of the show will get a Free YooHoo & Friends Minis Plush from Aurora World! This adorable plush will be given at the registration desk when you pick up your badge.

  • Win a 1:1 Visual Consulting for Your Retail Shop!

  • Location: Virtual
  • Where: Anywhere
  • When: During Show Days
  • Time: n/a
  • Description:

    When you register and attend the show you will automatically be entered to win a 1:1 virtual visual merchandising consulting with Robin Enright! Get a personalized consultation regarding your concerns or topics that you need help with such as problem window areas, difficulty merchandising tables, driving foot traffic, how to merchandise small items, and much more!

    About Robin Enright Salcido:

    Robin is the founder of Merchandising Matters, a visual merchandising agency where she endeavors to enhance the emotional connection between buyer and seller through developing customized visual merchandising strategies and providing educational programming to retailers, brands and their agencies.

    Salcido got her merchandising start at REI, and her client list has included Sunlight Sports, Neptune Mountaineering, Hollyann, Angler’s Covey, Sea to Summit, GSI Outdoors, American Water Works Association, Vail Resorts and others. Salcido has also worked as Travel Editor for Women’s Adventure Magazine, Merchandising Editor for SNEWS©, and as a local columnist, op-ed contributor and feature writer for MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Massachusetts.

    She has developed innovative educational programs like the Merchandising Matters Membership and is in the process of launching “Bridging The Gap,” a collaborative training partnership between Merchandising Matters and key brands. You can find her enjoying the outdoors while wandering in the mountains or riding her bike somewhere in Colorado with her husband.

  • Conservation Commerce Tour

  • Location: Pigeon Forge
  • Where: Lobby
  • When: Thursday, November 2
  • Time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Description:

    ZAG Board Member, Tommy Brown will be offering buyers a tour of vendors that have a positive impact on our planet. The tour starts with a 15-minute speech on what “Conservation Commerce” is and how it affects each and every one of us.

Buyer Dinners

Come and enjoy an evening of dinner and conversation with industry peers from across the nation, compliments of IGES® exhibitor sponsors.* These dinners provide an opportunity for buyers to relax and share ideas during round-table discussions with buyers in their respective industries. Limited number of spaces available.

All spots are full. We are no longer taking reservations for the Buyer Dinners listed below. Thank you!

*Dinner Sponsors will not be present.

  • Waterparks
  • Waterparks
  • Wednesday, November 1
  • Cocktails 6:00pm / Dinner 7:00pm
  • Calhoun's
  • Museum
  • Museum
  • Thursday, November 2
  • Cocktails 6:00pm / Dinner 7:00pm
  • Riverstone Resort
  • Campgrounds
  • Campgrounds
  • Wednesday, November 1
  • Cocktails 6:00pm / Dinner 7:00pm
  • RiverStone Resort
  • Amusements & Attractions
  • Amusements & Attractions
  • Thursday, November 2
  • Cocktails 6:00pm / Dinner 7:00pm
  • Calhoun's
  • National Cave Association
  • National Cave Association
  • Thursday, November 2
  • Cocktails 6:00pm / Dinner 7:00pm
  • RiverStone Resort
  • ZAG Dinner
  • ZAG Dinner
  • Thursday, November 2
  • Cocktails 5:30pm / Dinner 6:00pm
  • LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge