Why Exhibit

What is IGES & What Does it Offer?

Connect with thousands of Wholesale Resort and Souvenir Buyers at our Annual Gift Show

The International Gift Exposition in the Smokies® is the premier destination for wholesale resort, souvenir and gift merchandisers and retailers. With it’s one-of-a-kind setting and generous mix of what’s known and what’s new, IGES offers vendors and retailers from across the country an opportunity to experience the BEST of the Smokies and beyond! The IGES souvenir gift show is a can’t-miss for retailers in the industry looking for top-quality items at wholesale prices. With many opportunities for networking, many of our past attendees have created long-lasting relationships while finding new suppliers exhibiting at the show.

Download the IGES Post Show report to learn more.

Why Exhibit?


of Attendees Have Purchasing Power


of Attendees are Retail Buyers


of Attendees Spend Over $5,000 on the Show Floor


of Attendees Are Repeat Buyers

Attendance by Region

Top 10 States

  1. Tennessee
  2. North Carolina
  3. Kentucky
  4. Georgia
  5. Florida
  6. Michigan
  7. Virginia
  8. Ohio
  9. Indiana
  10. Pennsylvania


Buyer Categories

Reach Diverse Buyers from the Souvenir, Resort & Tourism Industry

Amusement Parks

Convenience Stores

General Merchandise Stores

Gift Boutiques

Hotels & Casinos


National Parks



Sample List of 2019 Notable Buyers

  • Biltmore Estate
  • Buc-ee’s
  • Burton & Burton
  • Cameron Park Zoo
  • Canyonlands National History Assocation
  • Chester Zoo
  • Denali National Park
  • Fort Worth Zoo
  • Hard Rock Café
  • Idlewild & SoakZone
  • John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum
  • Kansas City Zoo
  • KM Concessions Denver
  • KOA Campgrounds
  • Lake Compounce Theme Park
  • Lake Superior Zoo Society
  • Legoland Florida
  • Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando
  • Los Angeles Zoo
  • Love’s Travel Stops
  • Maui Ocean Center
  • MGM Resorts
  • Raging Waters of Los Angeles
  • Raging Waters San Jose
  • Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo
  • Rodeway Inn & Suites 
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Sandcastle Waterpark
  • Sea World Parks & Entertainment
  • Sedgwick County Zoo
  • Silver Dollar City
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
  • Six Flags. Inc.
  • Splish Splash Waterpark
  • Squire Boone Caverns
  • Telfair Museum of Art
  • Texas State Parks
  • The Octopus Garden
  • Utah’s Hogle Zoo
  • Virginia Safari Park
  • Wall Drug Stores
  • Washington Park Zoo
  • Water Country
  • Wet N’ Wild
  • Xanterra Parks & Resorts


“I just returned today from the IGES Show. I cannot express enough how much I enjoyed the show. I made two purchases at the show, and I will be ordering from at least 4 more vendors. It was truly a great experience while getting some great deals and learning about new products. Thank you.”

Sandra Greiner

“This was my first trip to IGES, as a new employee of a wonderful business. The entire experience has been 1st class and the campground dinner was icing on the cake! I met new people, had a wonderful evening and can’t wait to return!”

Debbie Porter

North Pole Resorts

“The enthusiasm of both new & returning customers is exhilarating & the overall energy & warmth of this event is magnetic. Diversity among retailers & channels of trade is also remarkable, matched only by the helpfulness of IGES® management & staff.”

Robert Borta

Design Toscano

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