More than 15,000 licensing professionals attended Licensing Expo 2013 over the three days, leading to a 10 percent increase from last year's event. Attendance from retailers continued to grow with a 14 percent increase over the previous year with many using the newly introduced Retail Buyers Lounge for meetings throughout the three days. Retailers in attendance included Target, Toys"R"Us, Argos, Sainsbury's, Kohl's, H&M, Amazon.com, BHS, Foot Locker, Marshalls, Old Navy, Claire's, Cost Plus World Market, Best Buy, Forever 21, Walmart, Hot Topic and Carrefour.
All product categories were strongly represented, from toys and games to apparel, food and beverage, and home decor. Significant increases (20 percent +) were seen in attendance from the mobile, publishing, gaming, food and beverage and automotive sectors.
The show saw a 30 percent rise in people who are the final decision-makers within their organization for licensing decisions. One in every three visitors came from outside the United States, with attendance from Japan, increasing by 35 percent, and a 20 percent increase in visitors from South America, driven by Brazil and Chile.
New show initiatives including the re-merchandising of the show floor by sector, the online visitor planning tools, the matchmaking booth and the Opening Night Party were very well received. The party was a sell-out with 2,300 people attending. The number of people attending the LIMA-hosted Licensing University more than doubled to 1,000 and attendance at the two keynotes reached a record high of 1,500.
More than 70 percent of the 2013 floor space was re-booked for 2014 at the show, which is testament to the success of the three-day event. Licensing Expo 2014 takes place June 17-19, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
Licensing Expo Videos
All Industry Opening Night Party Co-Hosted by Flo Rida
Licensing Expo's first ever all inudstry party, brought to you in association with LIMA & Sony Pictures Entertainment was a complete SELL OUT with 2,300 people in attendance at the Mandalay Bay Beach Club.
License! Global Magazine's Show Dailies -- Day 1, 2, & 3
Licensing Expo 2013 in the News
Flip through the Licensing Expo 2013 Show Directory
2013 Fashion & Art & Design Look Books
Take a peek of some of the brands that were showcased in the fashion and art categories at Licensing Expo 2013. These Look Books were new this year and will be expanded into more categories for Licensing Expo 2014.