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International companies to exhibit at 2010 NYIGF

About 46 countries will be represented at the winter 2010 New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) Jan. 30-Feb.4 with more than 300 international companies included among the fair’s 2,700 exhibitors. Global suppliers will be featured throughout NYIGF’s eight divisions through government-sponsored pavilions, as independent exhibitors and – for the first time this winter – within a newly formed international consortium in Accent on Design.

“No other U.S. market provides such an extensive quantity of global resources,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president. “Equally notable is the quality of international merchandise on display, reflecting the exceptional talent and inspired aesthetics of designers and craftsmen from around the world.”

Eleven international pavilions will be featured at NYIGF this winter, with expanded participation by groups from both Israel and Japan. Pavilion organizers include Africa Now!, representing nine African nations; American Chamber of Commerce from Peru (Peru), Ateliers d’Art de France (France), British Crafts Council, British Design Group and British Jewelry and Giftware Exports (United Kingdom), Israel Export Institute (Israel), Italian Trade Commission (Italy), JETRO New York (Japan), LMI-Leipziger Messe International GmbH (Germany), and ProMexico Trade and Investment (Mexico).

This winter, the Israel Export Institute will expand its presence beyond NYIGF’s General Gift division to feature a collection of Israeli handcrafts within NYIGF’s Handmade division; and JETRO New York will expand its pavilion within the General Gift division. In total, there will be 25 Israeli companies exhibiting with the Israel Export Institute and 12 Japanese companies exhibiting with JETRO New York.

At the same time, four independent Japanese exhibitors have formed a new Accent on Japan consortium within NYIGF’s Accent on Design division. The four main participants  – Gallery 91, Inatome, Morihata International Ltd. Co. and Tanuma Co., Ltd. (a first-time NYIGF exhibitor) – have relocated next to each other on the exhibit floor to create a shared space through which they will showcase their products (gifts, accessories and tableware from Japan) and feature work from emerging Japanese artists.

“We created this consortium to introduce high-quality Japanese design to NYIGF buyers seeking innovative craftsmanship,” said Yuka Morihata of Morihata International Ltd. Co.  “Many of our products have been showcased at top level museum stores and high-end galleries, so we believe this marketing effort will be beneficial in many ways.”

In total, 46 countries are represented at NYIGF including Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mali, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and the United States.

NYIGF is the nation’s premier gift, home and lifestyle marketplace, with 2,700 exhibiting companies featuring an extraordinary breadth and depth of design-driven home fashion products and complementary giftware.  Some 31,000 attendees from all 50 states and 85 countries around the world are expected.

The winter 2010 edition of NYIGF is held at New York City’ s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94. For information and registration, visit www.nyigf.com.

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