Preregistration for the upcoming Tupelo Furniture Market is up more than 60 percent, market officials say.
Through Dec. 17, the number of registrations compared to the same time a year ago is nearly 10,000, up 63 percent, with about 400 buyers signing up daily for the spring market, which runs Feb. 6-9.
“We are extremely satisfied with the results of our marketing efforts thus far,” said TFM president Kevin Seddon. If the current registration trend continues, we should have close to 20,000 preregistered for the event before the end of January.”
“Not every retailer that preregisters will attend, so our focus now is two-fold,” he added. “First, continue to market to those that have not yet registered. Second, ‘remarket’ to those that have already committed and keep them informed about new companies, products and programs that will be made available to them only if they show up in February.”
Seddon said more than 100 companies will offer special deals – called Tupelo-Only Specials –for those that order products on-site in February. A record 105 provided special offers to attendees at the fall Tupelo Furniture Market.
Making a return to the market are free seminar programs during “Lunch & Learn” sessions.
And, Seddon said a limited number of hotel rooms are available for “cost-conscious” attendees, priced at $40 a night. Rates available while they last, and free shuttle service is available for retailers attending from up to 100 miles away.
Meals, cocktails and live entertainment also are provided for free at the market. Special “show dollars” that can be spent during market also are available during the four-day trade show, Seddon said.