Match Program - Buyer

Find New Vendors Efficiently With Our MATCH! Program

MATCH! is Smoky Mountain Gift Show's new, highly interactive, unique meeting format bringing together the right decision-makers and suppliers to create a productive and collaborative network during the show.

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. If you have a budget of over $1M in annual sales and are actively sourcing souvenir & resort products for your retail location, this is the program for you.

HOW IT WORKS: As a retail buyer you will be required to complete our buyer profile providing specific details of your company and product interest and to complete 10 twenty-minute 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.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN GIFT SHOW BUYER MATCH! PROGRAM:

  • A travel reimbursement package of up to $300 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.

WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE PROGRAM

"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" 
- Elie Johnson, Lowry Park Zoo 

"Well organized. Love stepping out of the box!" 
- Kent Reed, Ozarkland

"Thank you for providing a program like this that allows buyers to attend the show in exchange for a reasonable amount of quick meetings!" 
- Rachel Whitfield, Jamestown Yorktown Foundation 

"Loved meeting new vendors that I wouldn’t have met otherwise." 
- Lisa Walton, Indian Tepee Gift Shop

INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING?

Please submit the form below to see if you are a fit for this year's MATCH! Program!

Questions?

CONTACT:
Lynn Visser (Key Account Director)
E: lynn.visser@clarionevents.com | P: 678-370-0342