August 26, 2019
Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show expands offerings

To arm retailers with the economic news and latest marketing strategies they need, Clarion UX is expanding the educational offerings for the Oct. 2-5, 2019, Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show.

The programs range from a special Museum Store Association (MSA) and Zoo and Aquarium Buyers Group (ZAG) panel discussion on mission-based selling to a timely program on industry impacts of today’s trade talks and tariffs. The educational sessions join a full line-up of networking events and new product resources at the show held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“We know that our retailers and vendors alike have questions about the impact tariffs may have on their businesses in upcoming months,” explained Lisa Glosson, gift & souvenir portfolio vice president, Clarion UX.  “So we wanted to offer a session that would give them the most up-to-date information on this ever-evolving topic.”

“We are so excited to be partnering with ZAG and MSA once again for a breakfast networking session,” added April Holinek, show director, Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show. “We hosted a similar gathering last year and the feedback we received from everyone on the networking opportunities and the platform to share ideas was tremendous.”

Educational Sessions

ZAG & MSA Networking Breakfast & Panel Discussion: Selling Your Mission

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

RSVP is (Limited Seating Available) is required for this free event.

Join David Whitaker the Director of Retail at the NC Zoo for complimentary hot breakfast, networking, and an inspiring idea-packed panel discussion with some of today’s leading institution and non-profit gift shop retailers, including: Melinda Green of the Kansas City Zoo; Tommy Brown of the St. Louis Zoo; Sam Wainer of the Canyonlands Natural History Association,  and Joe Luttrell of the Redwood Parks Conservancy.

Networking Breakfast Session: How Tariffs are Impacting the Gift & Souvenir Industry

Friday, Oct. 4 from 8 to 9 a.m.

RSVP is required (Limited Seating Available) for this free event.

Wondering what the recent trade talks and tariffs might mean for your business? Find out with this informative panel moderated by Kip Zsupnik from 1M Investments. Panelists include Diana Borcz, senior director of licensing and merchandising with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; and Michael Atkinson, president of A&F Gift.


Visual Merchandising & Displays

Thursday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m.

RSVP is required for this event.

Explore the new Visual Merchandising Marketplace on the show floor moderated by Tommy Brown of the St. Louis Zoo. This talk will bring the magic of visual merchandising and display to your shop. It will also help you identify what merchandising techniques will work best for your retail location(s). No store is exactly the same and the ability to visually merchandise makes a huge difference in the feel, theme and sales of your retail location(s).

In addition to education, attendees and exhibitors can enjoy a host of other programs and networking events. For more information, visit

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