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What are the Gathering events?

As the only events of its kind in the industry, the Gathering and Gathering West are appointment-based unlike larger tradeshows, bringing together the nation’s top gift and souvenir buyers and industry leading suppliers for several days of productive business ordering, networking, and fun all under one roof.


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Who can attend?

You must be a gift and souvenir retailer with annual sales of $1M+
and an open-to-buy. Attendees must be responsible for buying and/or evaluating merchandise for your organization.


What are the requirements for attending?

You’re in charge of your schedule at The Gathering – We offer you complete control and flexibility. All we ask is that you come to the show with business in hand—attend your scheduled meetings and stay for complete days at the show. The easiest way to do business and get best value from the show is by making appointments utilizing our meeting portal.

What’s the cost?

Attendance is free in exchange for meeting with our industry leading suppliers. As a hosted buyer you’ll receive complimentary hotel accommodations while you’re at the event and all meals provided daily including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What’s the application process?

You must be a qualified buyer to be able to attend. You can submit your application on the attend page of the event you would like to go to.


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How do I sign up to exhibit?

Please complete the application form on the exhibit page of the event you would like to participate in. You may also contact Donna Guess at [email protected] or 678.370.0327.

What’s included in the exhibit package?

In addition to your booth space, you will receive:

    • Access to the meeting portal to connect you with buyers registered for the event.
    • Carpet, Waste Basket, 2 Draped Tables, 4 Chairs, ID Sign.
    • Up to 3 Hotel Rooms at the location of the event depending on your package.
    • Up to 3 Full Meal Packages During the Event (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) depending on your package
How do we get appointments with buyers?

All appointments for The Gathering events are managed through our online meeting portal. This platform allows you to request and accept meetings efficiently and make the most of your time at the event. The system ranks buyers based on mutual product interest, allows you to search by name and/or attending company, manages your appointment schedule and allows you to message buyers you are scheduled to meet.

When does the meeting portal open?

Once you are signed up, please keep an eye out for communication from our team regarding when the meeting portal will open. Note you will need to register your team members before you can access the portal.

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When does the meeting portal open?

Please keep an eye out for communication from our team regarding when the meeting portal will open. Note you will need to be registered before you can access the portal.


Contact Us

General Inquiries

For all general inquiries about applying to attend or exhibit, please email [email protected]

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