GLM and CGTA Expand Canadian Gift Industry Partnership

Beginning in 2009, the Canadian Gift & Tableware Association (CGTA) will expand its endorsement of GLM 's Canadian Gift Shows to include the Alberta Gift Show, Montreal Gift Show and Vancouver Gift Shows. The CGTA began endorsing the Alberta Gift Show in 1989 and since then, has been instrumental in providing wholesaler and retailer support through a number of initiatives, including educational programs, business centers and member services.

"Both the CGTA and GLM are committed to the ongoing health of the gift industry in Canada." commented Chris Gowe, Vice President, West Coast US and Canadian Gift Groups.

"By expanding our partnership, we can develop a more comprehensive and collaborative strategy to further support and enhance the Canadian wholesale and retail communities, " observed CGTA President Bob Love.

GLM, a dmg world media business, and the CGTA also will continue to identify ways to jointly support the Canadian gift industry, through the synergies of their existing events and future initiatives.

For more than 30 years, the CGTA has served as the official body and voice of Canada's gift industry. The association is comprised of over 1, 600 Canadian giftware manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers and distributors. The CGTA owns and operates the CGTA Gift Show, a trade event held in Toronto and produces Retail News, an industry trade publication.

The next edition of the Alberta Gift Show will run February 17-20, 2008, at the Northlands Agricom, Sportex and Rexall Place Coliseum, in Edmonton, Alberta. The Montreal Gift Show will run March 2-5, 2008, at the Place Bonaventure, in Montreal, Quebec. The Vancouver Gift Show will run March 9-11, 2008, at the BC Place Stadium, in Vancouver, BC.

GLM, a dmg world media business, is the largest producer and marketer of consumer product tradeshows in North America, serving industries as diverse as giftware, stationery, textiles, tabletop, gourmet housewares, personal care and wellness. GLM also has an extensive roster of managed business expositions and conferences, which serve the hospitality and meeting planning industries. GLM is involved in the production of more than 35 tradeshows in 16 cities across the United States and Canada. Together, these events annually showcase some 23,000 exhibitors in nearly 5 million net square feet of exhibit space, and attract approximately 400,000 attendees.

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