January 19, 2017
AmericasMart Atlanta courtesy of the Portman archives
AmericasMart Atlanta courtesy of the Portman archives

AmericasMart Atlanta’s January Market closed its eight-day run with an expansive global customer base, record-breaking new-buyer registrations and international attendance increases, marking its 60th-anniversary staging, according to Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer, AMC, Inc.

“AmericasMart Atlanta’s Winter Market is unmatched in its size and financial impact on our city,” said William Pate, president and CEO, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This is a fantastic way to begin the year as we look toward a successful 2017 in Atlanta’s hospitality community.”

Atlanta’s January advances produced a climate of resurgent business optimism and vitality in the first and largest show of the U.S. winter market season and set the precedent for a radically redefined and reimagined AmericasMart July Market experience, Portman adds.

The January Market registered the vast majority of America’s celebrated top 100 retailers together with designers, specifiers, online merchants, independent retailers, trend setters, tastemakers and high-profile buying groups from every U.S. state and 81 nations worldwide.

“The buying power and global brands doing business here in January set the new bar for market performance—here and everywhere,” notes Kim Higgins, AmericasMart Gift & Home Furnishings Advisory Board chairman and founder and principal of 225 Unlimited. “Customer confidence was strong and sustained across every category and floor. The buyers were here, ready to buy, and they bought big,” Higgins added.