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Australian Gift Fairs Information

” The Australian Gifts and Homewares trade fairs information site provides retailers with details of the locations and times of the Australian Trade fairs and gift fairs and home products expos for retailers. Also how to get to the exhibitions with directions, maps and parking information to enable you to get to the trade fairs easily. Also details of what to expect, where to start and which are the best venues. Australia has two main trade fairs annually that are gift fairs or home expos exhibiting a wide range of home decor, giftware , stationary, furniture and homewares for shopkeepers and other retailers. They also present smaller, expositions, home shows, displays, and demonstrations of products to the retail trade within these events. The Sydney Gift Fair February – Sydney Showgrounds Homebush One of the largest Gift & Homewares trade fairs, is the Sydney Gift Fair in February. The GHA (Gift & Homewares Australia) and Reed Gifts Fairs conduct the Sydney trade fairs simultaneously at Sydney’s two major exhibition venues. They are the Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park Homebush, in the Dome and Exhibition Halls as well as other buildings and at the Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbour temporarily at Glebe Island, (although a large portion at Reed gift fair is only Jewellery and handbags). For full details of theses trade fairs, see the February Sydney Gift Fair Information page. The Melbourne Gift Fair August – Melbourne Showgrounds Ascot Vale. The GHA (Gift & Homewares Australia) with the Home & Giving fair and Reed Gifts Fairs jointly present the August Melbourne fairs simultaneously in two Melbourne venues in August, the Melbourne Showgrounds with additional exhibitors at the The Melbourne Exhibition Centre. The MEC is just 8 kilometers from the Showgrounds venue. Continuous FREE shuttle buses will operate between the two venues during the fair from either end of the MEC to ensure buyers can easily visit all exhibitors. For full details of this trade only event, see our Melbourne Gift Fair Information page. Exhibitor Information GHA publishes a beautiful full colour trade fair catalogue titled Home & Giving for each trade fair. Home & Giving provides a brief description, product listing and contact details of all exhibitors. Home & Giving will be mailed out to buyers who attended the corresponding trade fair for the prior year, shortly before the fair commences. Reed Gift Fairs despatch a similar catalogue. Any spare Catalogues can usually be purchased at the GHA Counter near the entry on the first day or until they run out, so be early. If you miss the catalogue you can find contact details of most gift and homewares wholesalers and distributors in our Australian Wholesalers Directory Trade Fair Registration Trade fairs are only open to Gift & Homewares industry retailer/buyers. Proof of ID is required to register and no children are allowed access. The GHA & Reed Exhibitions issue all buyers visiting trade fairs with a Gift Industry Card, which must be retained to allow the holder access to any of their Trade Fairs. At each fair you attend, your Gift Industry Card will be scanned to check its validity and then you will be issued with a Show Card, valid for that fair only. A registered buyer may bring one guest except on the last day. Tips for a Successful Trade Fair Event Pre-registration can be a good time saver on the day and can be completed up until 2 weeks before each Fair. See the GHA website for full details of registration and pre-registration. Print off the maps on the event’s page, to take with you, if you haven’t been to the venue before. If your coming from out of town and staying overnight, stay at a motel near the venue Start each day at the venue with the easiest access and, cheapest Car parking (Sydney Showgrounds and Melbourne Showgrounds) because there is always a free shuttle bus between venues. Review the catalogue before the fair and map out those exhibitors you must see, before you get to the fair. Days will be long, with lots of distance to walk, so wear a sensible pair of shoes and get an early night before every day of the fair. There will be plenty of cafes at the event however if you have a fussy tummy then take a cut lunch. Other Australian Fairs The main Australian Gifts and Homewares trade fairs are listed above. These events by far outweigh all others and attract the most retailers, and as a result, by far the most exhibitors. If you are serious about finding new designs and better stock that will sell well, then you really should be attending at least one of these four major Australian gifts and homewares trade fairs every year. Other smaller local events might also suit you, as might some specialised events which are listed in the Australian Trade Fairs Directory . Australian Trade Fair & Retailer Resources Links In right column of our Gift Fairs category pages (Top Right) are some key links to help you find general trade fair information as well as make contact with suppliers before or after you attend a trade fair. Our Wholesalers directory includes most Australian gifts and homewares suppliers (categorised), who may not exhibit at the fair that you attend.”

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Accommodation near the Trade Fairs

“Finding Hotels or Motels near the Gifts and Homewares Trade Fairs Australia has four main gift fairs annually that are gifts and homewares trade only fairs or home expos exhibiting a wide range of giftware and homewares for shopkeepers and other retailers. The Gift Fairs information pages herein, (see links below) offer full information on each of the major Australian gift fairs. Accommodation location is important to enable you to make the most of your trip. Also in our links below, find where and when the gift and homewares trade fair is on. How to get there. Where to start. What to expect. Best venues.Sydney Gift Fair February & July Nearest Accommodation for:- Location: Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park Homebush Bay NSW Hotel Ibis Sydney Showgrounds * Hotel Ibis, Sydney Olympic Park  2nd Location: Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour NSW1. Pullman at Sydney Olympic Park – Pullman hotels www.pullmanhotelsom/gb/hotel-6411…at…olympic-park/index.shtml1. Cached2. Similar3. ShareView shared post5. The Pullman at Sydney Olympic Park is the only 5-star hotel in this dynamic sport, entertainment and business hub offering panoramic views of Sydney’s skyline.1. Novotel Sydney Olympic Park | Accommodation Sydney …6. View shared postWelcome to Novotel Sydney Olympic Park. Our Sydney hotel features 321 rooms to suit any traveller including Spa Suites, Studio Rooms & Terrace rooms.?Contact us – ?Accommodation – ?Restaurant & Bar – ?Location & Services1. Hotel ibis budget Sydney Olympic Park – Accorhotels1. www.accorhotels.com º Find a hotel º Australia Hotels º Sydney Hotels1. Cached* Similar* ShareView shared postThe most affordable option in Sydney Olympic Park, ibis budget is the ideal choice for guests taking advantage … This 156 room, economy hotel is 500 metres from the railway station, features flat screen televisions in … 2127 HOMEBUSH BAY See our Directory of Accommodation for the Gift FairsMelbourne Gift Fair August Nearest Accommodation for:- Location: The Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale VIC* Quest Services Apartments Flemmington House Stays:* Twenty Bayview: Ascot Vale Nearest Accommodation for:- 2nd Location: Melbourne Exhibition Centre (MEC), Southbank* Crown Promenade Hotel, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank See our Directory of Accommodation for the Gift Fairs For full details of dates and times, travel directions and maps, see the specific page for each event below.”

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Rayell Bounces Back with New Collection

“Importer/Wholesaler Antony Porter of Rayell Furnishings has completed an amazing bounce back from the jaws of the Brisbane floods by quickly responding to the enormous challenge. The Porter family are long established importers and wholesalers of gifts and homewares, so when they copped 4 meters of water in their warehouse virtually wiping out all stock in the Brisbane floods, Anthony decided he had to be decisive and proactive. The major February trade fair was imminent and he had no stock to supply and not even samples to show. Anthony immediately moved swiftly to book a rubbish removalist as he knew they would all be in high demand for situations like his. He promptly made his claim to Zurich insurance who paid him the full amount he was insured for and paid him within 10 days. He quickly jumped a plane and went to China to see his suppliers, Sat down with their designers and ordered new stock to arrive ASAP. He brought pack as many samples as possible in his luggage, had some more samples couriered and then approached some of his loyal customers to give him back some stock, which allowed him to present his usual glamorous display at the Home and Giving Trade fair in February. Anthony said I don’t like to exhibit products that I dont already have in stock, but these were unusual circumstances, so I am hoping my customers will continue to stick with us and wait for their trade fair orders just a little longer than usual . Wholesalers Rayell Furnishings carry a range of gifts and homewares particularly; storage boxes, Wrought Iron Ornamentals & Canvas Wall Prints “

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Sydney Gift Fair This Weekend at Homebush

“The Annual Sydney Gifts and Homewares Trade fair commences this Saturday at the Sydney Showgrounds homebush NSW. The July Sydney Home and Giving Fair 4th to 7th July, is the first of the Trade fairs for the coming Summer and Christmas selling Season. This early fair is for the seriouse retailers who want to be sure that the suppliers dont fail to supply their order. That can happen when hot new items are ordered late in the year and the supplier oversells the product when its too late to add to their order with the manufacturer. After the July Fair they can still reorder, whereas after August fair in Melbourne it is already too late. The GHA (Australian Gifts and Homewares Association) organises the Home and Giving Fairs and as a not for profit organisation owned by the Exhibitor members it always puts on a good fair giving excellent value for money to the exhibitors a wider range of high quality suppliers for retailers. For more information about the GHA see their website at agha.com.au. For more information about the July Gift Fair see the Home and Giving website “

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Sydney Gift Fair Hombush Full House

“The GHA’s Annual Sydney Home and Giving trade fair at the Sydney Showgrounds Homebush kicks of again this coming Saturday and runs through to Tuesday the 2nd March. The event promises to be an important one for the retail trade in Australia as the event, coinciding with a competing Reed Gift fairs event, makes the 4 days among the most valuable time spent by retailers in defining their retailing plans and target market categories for at least the following 6 months. Organised by the industry association GHA, for many years, the renamed Sydney Home and Giving Fair has been one of the biggest events in retailing in Australia. This year’s gift fair is set for a big impact as the GHA have confirmed that they have sold out all space including the Howie Pavilion next door to the main exhibition center hall at the Sydney Showground and have a waiting list of exhibitors who would like space to exhibit. The Sydney Showgrounds has developed into a great venue for the event with free parking from over 600 free car park spaces and more hotels and good dining in the vicinity. (See Eating Out, a guide to food and beverage in walking distance of the Sydney Showground on the Home and Giving Website) GHA are continually finding ways to make the event great value. The home and giving fairs Interactive Planner makes it easy for retailers to plan their time at the fair introduced 2 years ago has been well received. The 2010 Sydney Home and Giving fair theme is 1950’s in line with a lot of new retro design trends being introduced into home decor. For this Fair, retail businesses are invited to attend complimentary seminars conveniently presented on the exhibition floor covering two vital aspects of the retail experience: – The creative application of in-store music and – Internet based sales & marketing opportunities. For more information or to register for free entry to the event please visit the Home and Giving site. “

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Home & Giving Fair Sydney July 2010

” Title: Home & Giving Fair – July 2010Location: The Dome & The Hall, Sydney ShowgroundsLink out: Click hereDescription: Stay ahead of your ordering and discover the best products for the Christmas retail period before any other fair at July Home & Giving. This trade fair has been designed with you, the buyer at the forefront, in order to give you a competitive advantage over other businesses by giving you access to the latest and brightest range of products and trends in the gift and homewares industry before anyone else.. 600 FREE parking spaces are provided at P1 parking station daily and these parking vouchers are available to the first 600 retailers daily from any Information Counter.Start Date: 2010-07-03End Date: 2010-07-06″

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Australian International Furniture Fair

“Title: Australian International Furniture FairLocation: Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling HarbourLink out: Click hereDescription: Australian Manufacturers return in force to exhibit in the AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR and the co-located DECORATION + DESIGN Sydney , to be held from 3-5 February 2010, kick- starting the Asia Pacific calendar of furniture and furnishing Trade Fairs. Unveiling the latest furniture and furnishing designs from over 200 Australian and international exhibitors, the fair will unearth emerging talent, reveal the latest interior trends and set the standards in sustainability. With leading Australian companies including AH Beard, Rex Heathcote, Sleep Head and Lounge Innovation all confirmed, retailers can choose local manufacturers with the flexibility of customisation. The Edge “ Design & Innovation Showcase is a highlight of the AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR, and has earned a reputation for attracting the next generation of Australian design talent. Centrally displayed within the Fair, the Showcase will include products in Commercial, Concept, Student and Green categories. Another exciting feature of the 2010 Fair is the International Industry Seminar Series, where a highly anticipated line up of Australian and international industry experts will take to the stage to forecast trends, products and colours. The Fair will also include In Context, where leading Australian designers and architects will use a chair to display their interpretation of design.. Returning in 2010 for a third inspiring year, the HOTEL + HOSPITALITY feature will reveal the latest furniture innovations and trends to hit the hotel, motel, club and restaurant sectors. Co-located with DECORATION + DESIGN Sydney, Australias leading interior products Trade Fair, the 2010 AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR is a key event in the Asia Pacific calendar and is expected to attract thousands of industry representatives from Australia and overseas, including furniture and furnishings retailers, architects, interior decorators, interior designers and stylists.Start Date: 2010-02-03End Date: 2010-02-05”

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Leatrice Eiseman Colour Consultant Excellent at Home & Giving Fair

“GHA’s February Home and Giving Trade Fair certainly picked a winner with their guest presenter, colour expert Leatrice Eiseman.   Leatrice’s incitefull free presentations in to colour and its impact were well attended throughout the trade fair event. Leatrice also presented a heads up into forthcoming trends in colour pallets for the season to come. After a brief question time at the end, retailers were able to take away a handout with a range of eight forecasted colour combination pallets to suit different situations and marketing strategies. A nice addition to an import gift fair. Leatrice is a colour specialist often referred to as Americas colour guru. Eiseman’s colour expertise is recognised globally, especially as a key consultant to Pantone, Inc. She runs the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training and is also executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and edits their magazine on the Pantone website. Leatrice is also the author of six published books about colours. Leatrice has helped many companies as a colour consultant, from start-ups to large companies to make an educated choice of colour for their product development, logos and branding, internet sites, packaging, point of purchase, and interior/exterior design and other applications where colour choice is important to the overall success of the undertaking.”

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New July Trade fair set to be the benchmark for New products

“The GHA’s inaugural July Home and Giving gift trade fair is set to commence as planned on 4-7 July 2009 , despite the competitors wishing it would go away. The announcement of this event last year obviously sparked fear into the opposition, who have been desperately claiming reasons why the failing September fair is a better time for the annual second Sydney Gift & Homewares trade fair. Importers have slowly began to embrace the July Fair for exhibiting as they now realise that they can order the manufacture of new goods as a result of orders taken in July and still get them into their warehouse in time for the main Christmas season. Whereas after the August trade fair it simply wont quite work, because retailers hate the uncertainty of stock availability and don’t want to order if they cant be sure of getting the stock. The old September Gift Fair was always a trade fair where Australian retailers only expected to take whatever was left over of new season designs and had to simply take what stock was available. September 2008 was a very quite fair and no doubt will deter some exhibitors from exhibiting again in September when they can choose to try the new July Sydney fair at Homebush. Despite attempts by Reed to change their exhibition dates, the Homebush July Home and Giving Fair has ended up on the same weekend as their Brisbane Gift fair which may cause the demise of the Brisbane fair. Brisbane gift fair has been slowing dying over the past 4 years as the interstate exhibitors have not been making enough sales there. Many exhibitors had already sworn it was their last time after disastrous results in Brisbane in July 2008. The Survival of the July Home and Giving fair in Sydney at Homebush is already guaranteed by the number of GHA members who have now contracted to exhibit there long term (and locked in massive savings). However whilst GHA’s exhibitors expect the July Fair to start small, they really expect it to simply grow and grow, as it will ultimately mean many NSW retailers will not have to travel interstate to the August fair and also because its already correctly promoted as the first fair of the season to expose all of the new seasons designs. With the retailer population base that live in driving distance of Sydney being significantly higher than Melbourne. There is now no reason for Melbourne gift fair to be a significantly better Fair. Melbourne’s sudden growth in exhibitors in recent years is really only about August being much better timing than September. Well hey!, July is even better for the reasons outlined above and if your flying into Melbourne it is just as easy to fly in to Sydney. With the NSW government’s plans to double the size of the main exhibition hall at Homebush and move all exhibitions away from Darling Harbor in favor of Convention space there, the Homebush venue with its large car park space (currently Free for Home and Giving fairs), and major transport hub, will be the most important trade fair exhibition in the longer term. Well established retailers know that if they order popular new designs at the Sydney July Home and Giving fair, the planned stock levels of the exhibitor will be irrelevant, because FINALLY, exhibitors can restock in time to deliver orders for the main Christmas and summer season.”

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Home & Giving February Fair – Busting Myths And Selling Gifts

“Exhibitors at GHAS recent Home & Giving February Fair have reported between 20 and 80 per cent increases in onsite sales despite industry concerns of decreases in discretional retail spending.  The Effect of Economic Recessions on Exhibitions, published in January by the Centre for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), reports that whilst the number of visitors to a show might be lower during down turns, the quality of attendees is high and every person who attends represents a business opportunity for exhibitors that their absent competition do not have.  Despite numbers for the annual February Fair being down 12.3 per cent over the four days, testimonials from exhibitors supported claims made in the report and revealed that though there were less people on the floor, more people were buying, and they were buying more.  œThe success of an exhibition is always critiqued according to the number of people that spill through the doors. The method is outdated and does not offer a true indication of the success of the fair or its individual exhibitors. As demonstrated at our February Fair, and supported in the CEIRs report, the number of visitors does not directly correlate with sales achieved onsite, said Alby Taylor, Director, GHA.     According to GHA, essential to the success of a national trade fair is the quality of exhibitors, products and displays. For the February Fair, GHA initiated a Key Exhibitor initiative and positioned industry-leading companies in key locations for maximum impact and to attract quality buyers to the floor.  Designer jewellery exhibitor NanJing Road has reported that the February Gift Fair proved successful for them once again and met the companys high level of expectation.  œMy perception was that the standard of presentation and quality of exhibitors at the February 09 Home & Giving Gift Fair was of the highest order, in fact the best ever, said David Gay, NanJing Road. œMore importantly, the general consensus from retailers indicated that they enjoyed the ambience of the fair and the high standard of exhibitors with quality products made the experience very conducive to doing business, he concluded.  Renowned worldwide for its beautiful gifts and everyday luxuries, Crabtree & Evelyn also laid praise to the fair, attributing its success to professional management, new layout and high quality of exhibitor and visitor services.  œThe ambience created by the layout and the quality of stands was relaxed and professional. Our customers appeared more relaxed and unhurried. They revelled in our new larger installation, stayed longer and were able to discuss all aspects of their Crabtree & Evelyn business in a peaceful and private environment, said Lyndie Randall, Crabtree & Evelyn.  Innovative homewares company Zimba Designs was thrilled with the whole experience of the February Fair from operational logistics associated with move in and move out, to representation of their buyer base. œAfter nine years we decided to move to the Home & Giving Fair this year “ I cant overstate how pleased we are with the move! Most importantly, speaking as a kitchen supplier, we welcomed a far better representation of our buyer base than at our previous exhibition site, said Stephen Loughlin, Zimba Designs Ltd.  œThe Home & Giving Fair clearly has the edge in terms of showcasing market-leading kitchen suppliers and it only makes sense to be a part of that mix, he said.  Long term Home & Giving exhibitor, Baden P Morris, commented that the fair was ˜surprisingly good considering the current plethora of negative press surrounding the ˜economic doom and gloom.  œOur sales were slightly up on last year and comments from retailers were also positive. We had strong interest in our new range of Coyote Painted Glassware and range extensions from our key brands were also well received, said Dean Osmond, Director, Baden P Morris.  According to Osmond, it is important that people maintain some positivity in an attempt to cope with the current state of the economy.  œWhilst we head into March and the second quarter with nervous anticipation, we are of the belief that maintaining a positive approach is the best way to survive and even prosper in what are interesting times, Osmond said.”

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