By  on December 3, 2008

MIAMI — Florida trade shows are among the regional wholesale markets that should see increased attendance because of the economy, according to organizers. They cite travel expenses as the main reason retailers may forgo New York, Vegas and European shows, save for the majors, and hit opportunities close to home.

James Costa, show director for Trafik, which occurs biannually at the Miami Beach Convention Center, said that regional shows make perfect sense for struggling stores. He counted 40 Southeastern boutique closings, including six in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2008, so Trafik plans to extend complimentary accommodations, gas cards and daytime catering to help independent stores.

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