The organizers behind the Asia America Trade Show recently announced a major name change: henceforth the April trade show in Miami Beach will be known as the Miami Wholesale Show. The September show, also in Miami Beach, will remain known as the Asia America Trade Show.
According to Mike Finocchiaro, president of both shows, the change was made to better serve both buyers and sellers. “We didn’t want our U.S. wholesalers to get mixed with the Asian manufacturers,” he said. “So we put the US wholesalers in the April show and the Asian manufacturers in the September show. This way, the wholesalers weren’t competing with their own manufacturers.”
The change in focus will not change the show’s tight focus as a regional powerhouse serving the Caribbean and South and Central America. According to Finocchiaro, the Miami Wholesale Show is expected to bring in buyers from dozens of countries and the United States.
“We bring in delegations from all over the world” he noted. “We have an infrastructure through the region like no other.”
The Miami Wholesale Show will continue to focus on apparel, jewelry, shoes, electronics, home goods, and a tremendous list of other sellers. In all, Finocchiaro expects about 350 exhibitors. Overall attendance is expected to exceed 10,000 over the three days of the April show.
“We have 30 years of experience running tradeshows,” Finocchiaro advised. “This is the sixth year of this show. All of our shows are located in the Miami Beach Convention Center. It’s the perfect location for access from the United States, the Caribbean, and many other overseas markets.”
The Miami Wholesale Show is scheduled for April 21 to 23 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Exhibit halls open at 10 a.m. every day and close at 5 p.m., except on the last day of the show, when they close at 3 p.m.
Buyers must be qualified to attend by showing they are in retail or they have traveled from overseas. Attendance is free for qualified attendees if you register before the show. Registration is available online. Attendance is $20 on the day of the show. Assistance with hotel reservations in Miami Beach is available by calling the company.
Miami Wholesale Show
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive, Hall “A”
Miami Beach, Florida