February 2002 Show a Success
Split Venue Continues For WSA August Market"
to Footwear News' Show Daily, "buyers consider WSA a must-attend"
and "WSA has emerged as the major sport shoe venue."
VEGAS, NV (February
2002) - Despite
early concerns, expanding the World Shoe Association trade market
to two venues paid dividends at the February 2002 show, with an
increased retail presence that made this trade market one of the
most successful to date for the $40 billion footwear industry.
attendance figures for the three-day event (11,573) showed an 8%
increase over the August 2001 show. While total attendance, including
press, suppliers, VIP guests, sales representatives, and corporate
executives exceeded 26,000. International in scope, participants
attended the February show from over 86 different countries with
nearly one third of the retailers from outside the U.S.
held at the Sands Expo, WSA had acquired an additional 400,000 square
feet at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The show will add even
more square footage for the upcoming August market, which will include
space at the newly built south expansion of the Las Vegas Convention
Center as well as two convention floor levels as the Sands Expo,
and suites at the Venetian Hotel.
the show, seminars and meetings also reflected the impressive overall
attendance with strong turnouts. At its bi-annual Shoe Party, Blue
Man Group entertained sold out audiences on both Sunday and Monday
of the show. For the August show this summer, the WSA Shoe Party
will feature comedy superstar Robin Williams, who will perform following
a lavish cocktail party at the Aladdin Performing Arts Center, an
impressive facility that seats over 6,000.
over one million square feet of exhibit space displaying more than
2,000 footwear brands, The World Shoe Association is the largest
footwear trade market in the U.S. Retail buyers attending the show
at the Sands Expo, Las Vegas Convention Center and the Venetian
Hotel find men's, women's, children's and athletic footwear as well
as accessories, handbags, and foot care products. The collections,
an upscale exhibition now located at the Venetian Hotel, features
over 135 well-known footwear designer brands.