NZGTA Newsletter - August 2014

The organisers have recently implemented an electronic spreadsheet that weighs each factor and escalate exhibitor relocation requests in terms of priority (when availability comes up). At the upcoming NZGTA the event organisers will be presenting a fresh summary of these considerations in detail for the committee to again approve and ratify.

Travel Just a reminder, for those of you looking to travel soon, your contact is Emma Gillan at Corporate Travel Management. We have received some great feedback on the service Emma has provided to date, so get in early with your bookings and take advantage of some great deals. Visit our website for Emma’s contact details Winner at Winter Gift Congratulations to Maree Hynes from Timaru, the winner of the Winter Gift 2014 Attendance Prize, a trip to the wine country in Martinborough. Maree has been a long standing visitor to the gift fairs and familiar to many exhibitors, so I’m sure you will enjoy reading all about Maree and the team that support her successful business, Maree Hynes Interiors on the NZGTA website . Winter Gift 2014 The Winter Gift & Homewares Fair in Christchurch has once again delivered a great atmosphere and displays of an international standard. Whilst the region is very much in its rebuild phase we have seen further positive overall trade visitor numbers. This increase was supported by exhibitors commenting on the number of new faces visiting their stands this year and placing very pleasing orders. We were delighted also to be hosting 20 additional exhibitors than prior year, a good message for South Island retailers that this event is recovering and remains cemented on our annual calendar. One particularly pleasing outcome were a few major hotel developers who were first time visitors at Winter Gift this year looking to outfit their new large scale projects with everything from furnishings to tableware, kitchenware and more. These first time visitors had seen Winter Gift advertisements in the The Press and/or radio campaign (a wider larger media campaign that the organisers remain committed to investing in). The organisers of the NZ Gift Fairs have recently purchased the South Island Hospitality Show which means they’ve got an impressive new database of hospitality trade visitors (think restaurant, hotel/motels, bars, etc) to attend the Winter Gift Fairs. If you haven’t exhibited at the Winter Gift Fair in recent times then you need to think again as there are category exhibitors making excellent new business inroads into that market.

Key Buyer Program When Key Buyers visit your stand, look for their distinctive KEY BUYER

badges with a gold seal. Many Key Buyers will be

familiar faces and have a long history in the industry or are associated to very successful retail outlets. Under review currently are the processes and management of the key buyer program. Again, utilising the data collected at the shows we will be looking at various aspects of what makes someone a “Key Buyer”. The committee will review the resulting information and provide their recommendations for action, with a view to ensure we support the people that support you as exhibitors. If you would like to nominate a retailer to be added or deleted to the Key Buyer program then please contact us

NZGTA Partners Following the successful launch of n3 to 100+ new partners, the work doesn’t stop there - we continue to identify potential partner relationships which benefit members and also review performance of existing providers. “Services & Benefits”

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