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October 16, 2013

Washington, DC Named New Home of The American Made Show in 2015 and Beyond

The Largest Wholesale Trade Show of American-Made Products Moves to the Nation’s Capital For the First Time in its 30-year History

(Washington, DC) – Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for the nation’s capital, has announced the selection of Washington, DC as the new host city for The American Made Show, the largest wholesale tradeshow of American-made products. Formerly known as the Buyers Market of American Craft, this four-day tradeshow will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Jan. 16 – 19, 2015 and is expected to attract more than 800 artists and more than 4,500 buyers from 2,000 companies from across the United States and Canada. The convention is expected to generate more than $10 million in annual revenue for the District.

“We are thrilled to welcome The American Made Show to Washington, DC starting in 2015,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC. “Our sales team worked closely with Buyers Market to ensure the needs of exhibitors and customers would be met when the tradeshow debuts in our city. We’re honored that they have chosen to move the market to the nation’s capital as they showcase Made-in-America items crafted by talented artisans from around the country.”

The American Made Show is also contracted to return to Washington, DC in 2016 during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. 

“We are delighted to play host to an event that highlights American made products and celebrates craft retailers and artisans,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and CEO of Events DC. “The show is a great example of our hospitality community working together to secure a premier new event.”

The move to Washington, DC is expected not only to heighten the pride of domestically produced goods, but also benefit both exhibitors and buyers. Exhibitors will save on lower booth fees and exhibiting costs and will also be able to reach a wider audience. With the new centralized location, many buyers who were unable to attend in past years will be able to take part. Additionally, attendees will have access to affordable public transit, exciting dining and nightlife and the all-new Marriott Marquis directly connected to the Convention Center.

“This is more like a homecoming than a move, in our mind,” said Show Director Rebecca Rosen Mercado. “The convention center will be transformed into a bustling marketplace filled with the finest American-made crafts just blocks from national monuments and museums that house some of the most exquisite American-made products produced centuries ago.”

To learn more about The American Made Show, please visit americanmadeshow.com. For more information on Washington, DC, please visit washington.org.

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About Destination DC
Destination DC, the lead destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of more than 850 businesses committed to marketing the District as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities. Visit washington.org  for more information. 

About Events DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, deliver premier event services and flexible venues across the nation's capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District's hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. For more information, please visit eventsdc.com.

About The Buyers Market, The American Made Show
The American Made Show is the nation’s largest wholesale trade show providing artists a professional venue to build relationships with qualified wholesale craft buyers. Approximately 800 artists exhibit to more than 4,500 buyers from across the United States and Canada. americanmadeshow.com