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08 Nov 2023


November 8, 2023, Gatlinburg, TN – Emerald, producer of the International Gift Exposition in the Smokies (IGES), and Clarion Events, producers of the Smoky Mountain Gift Show, have once again come together to create a comprehensive gift, resort, and souvenir buying experience. Tennessee Market Week will host over 925 vendors and more than 6,000 buyers across three locations from November 7-11, 2023.

The International Gift Exposition in the Smokies (IGES) will be located at the Sevierville Convention Center (Nov 7-9) and Le Conte Center at Pigeon Forge (Nov 8-11) while the Smoky Mountain Gift Show will be located at the Gatlinburg Convention Center (Nov 8-11).  Both events will feature the top name lines and new products from hundreds of leading manufacturers and newcomers. On the show floors, attendees can expect to find gifts, apparel, accessories, souvenirs, décor, gourmet foods, jewelry, and more, in a variety of in-demand options including custom name-drop, Made in America, sustainable merchandise, and others.

Complimentary transportation is provided with shuttles running to and from the Gatlinburg Convention Center, Le Conte Center at Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville Convention Center. 

The events are supported by top buying groups, such as the Zoo, Aquarium & Garden Buyers Group (ZAG), North American Farmer’s Direct Marketing Association (NAFDMA), Museum Store Association (MSA) and offer attendees education, and additional networking opportunities.

Emerald’s Executive Vice President Karalynn Spouse, commented, “IGES is excited to partner again with the Smoky Mountain Gift Show as this allows the gift and souvenir community to have a seamless experience. We are also excited to share that this year, we’ve seen tremendous growth in Sevierville, where attendees will be able to view over 190 new vendors. We are especially excited to showcase four pavilions in Sevierville this year, which include two new areas: Toy + On Trend (a partnership with Enchanted Moments), and the Sustainable Pavilion which includes Federal Trade Federation members. Back again this year are the expanded pavilions Made in America and Campground. I am truly looking forward to seeing our friends and colleagues move business forward this year.”

Christina Bell, Show Director of the Smoky Mountain Gift Show, added, “We cant wait to be back in the mountains for Tennessee Market Week. Together with our partners at IGES and Emerald, this year’s events are sure to be an outstanding opportunity for buyers and manufacturers to connect, write orders and enjoy all the area has to offer. At the Smoky Mountain Gift Show, our goal is to create the best buying experience. With hundreds of companies and product categories available to shop, we have launched our new CONNECT platform & hospitality desk which is designed to make it easy for buyers to find what they are looking for. We also have several events planned, including our signature Made in America and Zootique tours which highlight vendors in these categories, a brand new DEAI seminar and breakfast for ZAG members which will be hosted by Tommy Brown of Saint Louis Zoo, and daily happy hours and refreshments including all day coffee. We can’t wait to see everyone in Tennessee!”

Tennessee Market Week also supports local businesses including hotels, retail, restaurants, and ground transportation. Both IGES and the Smoky Mountain Gift Show work closely with Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlinburg tourism and convention bureaus to promote the unique experiences in these destination cities. Tennessee Market Week will help to support many of the destination and travel businesses that attend the shows as buyers.

For more information, please visit the event websites; International Gift Exposition in the Smokies,, and the Smoky Mountain Gift Show, - registration is free for qualified buyers and you must register separately for both events. Information about exhibiting at the Tennessee Market Week is below.

Emerald Media Contact:

Karla Villalobos, Marketing Director

Clarion Media Contact:

Samantha Grimaldi, Senior Group Marketing Director



About the International Gift Exposition in the Smokies

Since 2000, the International Gift Exposition in the Smokies (IGES) has grown to become the largest dedicated gathering of wholesale souvenir, resort, and gift buyers in the United States. Taking place in the beautiful Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, TN, IGES is a favorite market held in late fall and draws many buyers from across the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.  The event features hundreds of vendors connecting them to thousands of gifts, travel, and tourism buyers from amusement and water parks, zoos, aquariums, national and state parks, museums, resorts, specialty boutiques, and more.

About Smoky Mountain Gift Show

The Smoky Mountain Gift Show is the nation’s longest-running resort and souvenir event. The event will return November 8-11, 2023 to the Gatlinburg Convention Center for its 58th anniversary, bringing Tennessee’s largest selection of top-name souvenirs, resort gift lines, and innovative tourism products, together under one roof for optimum buying convenience. For exhibitor information, contact Show Director Christina Bell at 678.370.0335 | For buyer information visit

Emerald Expositions

Emerald is a leader in building dynamic, market-driven business-to-business platforms that integrate live events with a broad array of industry insights, digital tools, and data-focused solutions to create uniquely rich experiences. As true partners, we at Emerald strive to build our customers’ businesses by creating opportunities that inspire, amaze, and deliver breakthrough results. With over 140 events each year, our teams are creators and connectors who are thoroughly immersed in the industries we serve and committed to supporting the communities in which we operate.  For more information, please visit

Clarion Events

Clarion Events operates over 180 events in 50 countries from 15 offices in the UK, the US, South Africa, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, UAE, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands. Clarion can trace its roots back to 1947 and takes great pride in being one of the oldest independent event organizers in the UK. More recently the firm has developed an international portfolio of brands and now has interests in a number of global vertical industries including energy, security and defense, electronics, technology, fashion, retail, gaming and marketing. The teams at Clarion create uniquely effective and stimulating environments that can serve as a platform to build businesses, enhance customer relationships, and accelerate product awareness. Learn more here:


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