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Plan Your Visit

The Smoky Mountain Gift Show brings Tennessee’s largest selection of top-name souvenir and resort gift lines together under one roof for optimum buying convenience. Only in Gatlinburg will you have an opportunity to shop an unrivaled selection of top name lines and new products from hundreds of leading manufacturers and innovative newcomers in the souvenir, resort and gift industry. You’ll boost your bottom line and make customers for life with the products you’ll find at the upcoming gift trade show.

 

TIPS FOR FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES

By Valerie Svard, Key Accounts Manager, Smoky Mountain Gift Show

We look forward to welcoming you to the show. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your experience:

  • AVOID THE LINES: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EARLY, ONLINE REGISTRATION Make sure you are registered for the show and have printed out your ExpressPass ™ to gain quick and easy entrance into our shows.
  • BOOK YOUR HOTEL Book your hotel stay using our housing partner, Connections. Urban Expositions has teamed up with Connections Housing to offer you deeply discounted hotel rates.
  • SET APPOINTMENTS WITH SPECIFIC VENDORS PRIOR TO THE SHOW
  • SET TIME ASIDE TO WALK THE ENTIRE SHOW FLOOR. You never know what you will find. That one item may be your next best-seller.
  • SAVE YOUR SOLES! WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES
  • SHOPPING REQUIRES STAMINA. Drink plenty of fluids and make sure to take breaks to eat or enjoy a quick snack.
  • IF YOU’RE BRINGING A PARTNER, DIVIDE AND CONQUER. To maximize your time at the show, vendors are categorized into distinct product sectors for easy reference. Meet back up and discuss what each of you found and decide what orders you plan to make.
  • BRING PLENTY OF BUSINESS CARDS & YOUR CREDIT SHEET
  • BRING A NOTE PAD AND PEN TO TAKE NOTES After you have viewed products and talked with the vendor, be sure to jot down some notes to reference at a later date.
  • LEARN TO EARN MORE! ATTEND THE FREE EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS Take the time in your busy buying schedule to attend the free educational seminars, covering a range of topics – from marketing and merchandising to social media and customer service. These sessions are sure to help you grow your business.
  • NETWORK WITH OTHER BUYERS TO SEE WHAT IS TRENDING IN THEIR STORES Speak to fellow retailers about what’s working and not working in their store. From trending products to management techniques. Help each other out!

If you have questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Valerie Svard - Phone: 678.257.1517 | Email: vsvard@urban-expo.com

SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS

by Amy Dufour, Social Media & Marketing Manager, Urban Expositions

Search for exhibitors you know you want to see on Facebook prior to the show - you never know if they might be offering a show special you can take advantage of via social media.

Utilize the show hashtag #smokymtgift to find key exhibitors you'll want to visit on-site.

Follow the show on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so you don't miss out on any seminars, giveaways or must-see exhibitors.

Like, comment and share show posts and exhibitor posts pre-show, at the show and post-show - generating engagement will lead to more awareness of your own business pages.

Take and share photos of your show experience; your own followers will want to see how much fun you're having live, on-site!

Rules & Regulations

The Smoky Mountain Gift Show is open to the trade only. If you have not already done so, please pre-register to receive your ExpressPass™ in advance by email.

New /first-time attendees should be prepared to present the following along with your ExpressPass™ to gain admission to the show: 1 form of personal ID and 2 forms of business ID, which can include copy of business license, sales tax id number, payroll stub, company check, company credit card, vendor invoice, business card, letterhead or other printed collateral with company name. (Please note: 1 form of personal ID and 1 form of business ID is required for each additional employee.)

To maintain the professional environment of the show, children under the age of 14 years and strollers are strongly discouraged.

The photography of any exhibit is expressly prohibited without the written consent of the exhibitor.

Buyer Testimonials

I found the Smoky Mountain Gift Show to be a breath of fresh air, both in the new merchandise available and in the whole positive vibe of the show. I placed a number of sample orders at the show -- and some are potential stop-the-press items. Janet Kelly, assistant director of merchandising, Chinaberry Inc., Spring Valley, CA

Urban Expositions is making the Smoky Mountain Gift Show better than ever. In four years, they’ve proven that they can produce a show that attracts a great and diverse group of vendors. Tim Murray, Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, TN

We travel a great distance because the Smoky Mountain Gift Show is well worth to the trip – a great resource for new and exciting products. Tracy Lohst, Red Dog Saloon, Juneau, AK.

The Smoky Mountain Gift Show is such an efficient show. Everything is centrally located in the warm, inviting town of Gatlinburg. As a buyer, you're able to spend good quality time with vendors. I always look forward to attending. Donna Moseley, Silver Dollar City/Herschend Family Entertainment

I love the Smoky Mountain Gift Show. It’s great to get so much work done in such a relaxing environment. In addition to filling re-orders with regular vendors, I always seem to find some new goodies while I’m at it. Lisa Jones, assistant director, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Smoky Mountain Gift Show has made a serious turn around. It once again has the product assortment that it had years ago. Thanks so much to all of the friendly folks at Urban, what a change.Kent Reed, Ozarkland

The Smoky Mountain Gift Show offered a huge variety of vendors providing all of the top-selling items. We brought 11 Palace Entertainment retail managers from amusement and water parks to the show and we were successful in exceeding our purchasing goals. David Mitchell, corporate procurement manager, Palace Entertainment.

The Gatlinburg show is amazing. To have all these unique vendors all under one roof makes buying for our shop so convenient. Every year we look forward to finding new and exciting products for our store. And the vendors are great - they are always ready to help you discover the hot trending items for the upcoming season. This is a ‘can’t miss show’ for our attraction. Kim Miller, Retail Manager, St. Augustine Alligator Farm

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Show at a Glance
NOVEMBER 1-4, 2017
Gatlinburg Convention Center
Gatlinburg, TN
800.318.2238
678.285.EXPO (3976)