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Several Philadelphia shows to co-locate in 2016

In a move that expands cross-over business opportunities for their respective attendee and exhibitor audiences, Urban Expositions and the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia (RCAP) have announced plans to co-locate events in January 2016.

As part of the arrangement, the RCAP’s Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show (January 9-11, 2016), formerly held in Atlantic City, moves to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA to run alongside Urban Expositions’ Philadelphia Gift Show (January 8-11, 2016).

Urban and the RCAP will each operate its respective show independently — utilizing one cohesive floorplan at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center to ensure seamless access between each event.

In addition, each event will honor the other’s badges for optimum convenience.

“We’ve had a number of conversations with the RCAP board members over the years, exploring possible co-location opportunities and everything came together for Winter 2016,” explains Doug Miller, CEO, Urban Expositions. “Both parties see tremendous benefits to showing together. Our complementary product offerings, coupled with our similar retail buyer profiles, open the doors to countless new business opportunities for everyone.”

“Our decision to move from Atlantic City to the Oaks location is a homecoming of sorts for our show,” adds Paul Esposito, president of the RCAP and owner, Victoria’s Candies, explaining that the show moved from the Valley Forge/Montgomery County area of suburban Philadelphia to Atlantic City in 2006. “There is great synergy between our well-established events. The expanded selection, plus the significant travel savings and easy accessibility the Oaks location offer, are added bonuses for our audience.”

Held semi-annually at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, the all-category Philadelphia Gift Show attracts gift retailers from throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Tri-State regions who come to explore the latest introductions and best-selling designs from the region’s leading sales agencies, top name manufacturers, emerging companies and local artisans. These exhibitors showcase everything from giftware, souvenirs and novelties to home décor, fashion accessories, garden products and more.

As the nation’s largest show dedicated to the retail confectioner, the semi-annual Philadelphia National Candy, Gift and Gourmet Show attracts specialty retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers seeking the latest offerings in the category, including candy, chocolate and gourmet specialties to candy-making equipment, packaging and plush items.

“Co-locating with the Philadelphia Candy, Gourmet & Gift Show promises to add a new level of excitement to the Philadelphia Gift Show,” says Dean Russo, show director, Philadelphia Gift Show. “Buyers from both events will appreciate the opportunity to explore an expanded selection that definitely offers ways to refresh and enhance their own store mix and exhibitors will certainly welcome the chance to reach new retail audiences. It’s definitely a win-win.”

For more information about the Philadelphia Gift Show, visit www.philadelphiagiftshow.com or call 800.318.2238 . For information on the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show, visit www.phillycandyshow.com | 888.candy.89

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