New Ownership of Boston Gift Show Announced

GLM, a dmg world media business, has announced the acquisition of the Boston Gift Show by Urban Expositions, effective immediately. The next edition of the Show will run March 28-31, 2009, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

"This agreement furthers our partnership with Urban Expositions, which began in 2002," commented Alan Steel, executive vice president, dmg world media. "Their nearly 15-year history within the industry represents trade show management expertise, in-depth knowledge of the gift industry and a proven track record of superior customer service — all of which will be of great benefit to our New England constituents."

Urban Expositions, a Georgia-based firm founded in 1995, owns, manages and produces trade events for the gift, souvenir, resort merchandise, fabric, sourcing, textiles and sewn products technology industries. The Boston Gift Show will expand Urban Expositions' roster of regional gift shows, which currently serves markets in Florida, Maryland, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions, added, "We are looking forward to extending our regional market niche to Boston and the New England area. We have a team of seasoned sales, marketing and buyer relations experts in place to support our new customers, guide them through a smooth transition and create additional unique and different product offerings for New England retailers."

The Boston Gift Show takes place each spring at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, attracting some 7,000 buyers and presenting nearly 500 exhibitors. For Boston Gift Show exhibitor and attendee information, please call Urban Expositions at 800-318-2238 or visit

Originally posted Monday, Aug. 4, 2008