Letter from the President - July 2016
July 4th signifies that we are well into summer travel and the tourism and souvenir industries kick in to high gear. According to AAA an estimated 38 million Americans traveled over the weekend, gas prices are at an 11 year low and average airfares for the top 40 domestic flight routes are cheaper than in 2015. With extra cash in tourist pockets it’s going to be a stellar souvenir summer!
Thank you to all the wonderful SWDA suppliers for fantastic product and on time delivery. 2015 was a quite a challenge with port strikes and factory labor problems, but I commend everyone for working harder and smarter to improve logistics, present creative ideas and get quality products out in the market. Our hard work last September in Las Vegas is paying off.
Speaking of Las Vegas, registration materials for the 2016 SWDA Convention and Trade Show mailed out last month. We are excited to host the 44th Annual SWDA Convention and Trade Show at the Springhill Suites in Las Vegas September 14-16. Registration can be completed by filling out the mailed forms or now online at our brand new website: www.souvenircentral.org. Thanks to Greg Locnikar for his great work to update the SWDA website.
I wish everyone a wonderful summer!
Mountain States Specialties