By  on September 16, 2005

LOS ANGELES — The February installment of MAGIC International, which usually is immediately before or after the President's Day holiday, returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center Feb. 21–24.

The Tuesday-to-Friday schedule after the Feb. 20 holiday will result in a slight change in orbit for the satellite shows and six back-to-back days of apparel-related trade shows.

The Exclusive is showing in its new home at the Sands Expo Convention Center Feb. 19-21, the Pool Tradeshow Feb. 20-22 (venue to be determined) and Project Las Vegas starting Feb.19 and running an extra day to Feb. 22, also at the Sands.

"We saw the crowds on the last day," said Project's founder Sam Ben-Avraham about the longer show. "It was obvious that three days are not enough."

The first day will be invitation-only — vendors will do business with select buyers before opening to the masses on Feb. 20.

The February run has fallen after the federal holiday for three of the last four years and last ran on a Tuesday-through-Friday schedule in 2003.

"It fluctuates, depending on the market and the availability of the convention center," said MAGIC spokeswoman Ernae Mothershed. "Over the last few years we've been fairly consistent in a window right before or right after the holiday but we have hit as early as January and as late as March."

Also returning to the Sands will be the ASAP Global Sourcing Show, Feb. 20-23, and the Las Vegas Off-Price Specialist Show, Feb. 19-23. WWIN returns to the Rio Convention Center Feb. 20-23 and KIDShow Las Vegas shows at the Riviera Feb. 20-22.

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