See what participants say about the program



 Match Exhibitors

           Al Macdonald, KC Gifts/Kootenay Collections, Ltd. 
"Nice program would do it again"

           Kim Ryon, Squishable
           "It was a good way to meet some buyers who may not have come to my booth."
           Tom Rechlin, RexTooth Studios
           "This is a winning formula for anybody wishing to grow their business."
           Brian Segars, Knob Creek Metal Arts
           "The networking experience was great with Match. Perfect blend of different industries."
           John Callahan, MCMBrands 
           "It made our show. Had it not have been for this, we may have only seen a handful of other buyers"

Match Buyers

Elie Johnson, Lowry Park Zoo 
 "This was an incredible experience. Through the match program I was able to meet vendors I may not have otherwise. I gained some new vendors and got new ideas for my location. Highly recommend match to other buyers"
           Kent Reed, Ozarkland
            "Well organized. Love stepping out of the box!"
          Rachel Whitfield, Jamestown Yorktown Foundation 
           "Thank you for providing a program like this that allows buyers to attend the show in exchange for a reasonable amount of quick meetings!"
          Lisa Walton, Indian Tepee Gift Show 
           "Loved meeting new vendors that I wouldn’t have met otherwise."
          Roz Tymans, Jamaican Me Crazy 
           "Excellent program to meet new vendors."


How The Program Works

Match! at the Smoky Mountain Gift Show is reserved for Hand-selected Souvenir & Resort buyers who are responsible for the purchasing of products for their retail locations. As a retail buyer you will be required to complete our buyer profile providing details of your company and product interest and to complete 10 meetings during the Smoky Mountain Gift Show based on mutual interest. Prior to the event, our team will generate your personalized agenda and meeting reminders. 

Questions? Contact: 
Lynn Visser (Key Account Director) E: lvisser@urban-expo.com | P: 678.370.0342

What you can expect at the Smoky Mountain Souvenir Buyer Match

  • A travel reimbursement package of up to $400 airfare
  • Private hotel accommodations for three nights
  • Carefully curated meeting opportunities Your own one-2-one meeting agenda: We work with you to identify your buying needs and match you with relevant suppliers to simplify and accelerate the process. Our appointment scheduler prepares a personal agenda for you.
  • Sophisticated social events and networking: Our welcome reception will start your experience in Gatlinburg allowing you to meet with other leaders in the industry.
  • Access to the MATCH lounge: Your private retreat off the show floor, reserved for hosted buyers and suppliers to relax and recharge. The lounge provides beverages, charging stations and WIFI all designed for your comfort.
  • Hosted buyer concierge: Our hosted buyer manager will be your single point of contact to assist you in facilitating your plans and meetings at the event.