Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

When & where is the event held?

Sunday, December 3 – Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 N Oak Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

What are the event hours?

Sunday, December 3 – Wednesday, December 6, 2017

9 am – 6 pm, Sunday - Tuesday
9 am – 3 pm, Wednesday

What are the on-site buyer registration and badge pick-up hours for the Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show?

8 am – 5 pm, Sunday – Tuesday
8 am – 2 pm, Wednesday

What types of products are being shown?

Shop the nation’s top beach, souvenir and resort lines and find unique new designs that will differentiate your business from the rest. Perfectly timed so you can plan and buy during the off-season, you’ll see the best selection of established lines, top sellers and breaking new product introductions from proven gift and resort manufactures and sales representatives in the following categories, including: coastal and nautical theme products, home accessories, tabletop, souvenirs, beach items, resort wear, t-shirts, general giftware, gourmet, logo products, fashion accessories, shell items, toys and games and much more.

Who is exhibiting?

From top-selling brands to unique local designs from up-and-coming artists you'll find a versatile selection custom-tailored to the coastal souvenir and resort business.  For a sneak peek, you can visit our online exhibitor listing listing page here.

What special events / features take place during the show?

The December show has a number of special events/features lined up. 

Click here to see the full listing, including:

  • Goody Bag Giveaways to the first 100 stores to arrive at the show on Sunday, December 3 and Monday, December 4.
  • Fabulous show party on Monday evening with complimentary food and drinks for buyers and exhibitors.
What is the address for the Myrtle Beach Convention Center?

2101 N Oak Street
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

How can I book my hotel?

Be sure to use the official housing company for the Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show, Connections Housing, to secure the lowest rates.
Call:955.246.8722

Online: Check back soon to use our handy online registration link

BUYER BEWARE!  Connections Housing is the only approved, official housing vendor for the Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show. We understand that unauthorized housing companies may be contacting you advertising cheaper rates and may imply or claim an affiliation with the show or Urban Expositions. Unfortunately, some past attendees and exhibitors have fallen prey to these companies and they have either: lost significant deposits, been relocated with little or no warning, have not had the guest rooms they thought they had booked, or have not received reservations at the hotel they had thought were confirmed . So be sure to book your room through Connections Housing!

Is there parking at the event and how much is it?

Parking is plentiful and FREE here at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center!

What is the best airport to fly into?

Myrtle Beach International Airport

How can I rent a scooter/wheel chair?

There are a limited number of scooters available for use at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Contact Courtney Allen at 800.318.2238, ext 0333 to inquire about availability and to reserve.

How can I receive a directory?

Printed show directories are provided to registered buyers on show site during all 4 days of the show, December 3-6, 2017. Before/after the show, you can click here to see our exhibitor listings.

ATTENDEE FAQS

What are the qualifications to attend ?

The Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show is open to the trade only. 

New /first-time attendees should be prepared to present the following along with your ExpressPass™ to gain admission to the show: 1 form of personal ID and 2 forms of business ID, which can include copy of business license, sales tax id number, payroll stub, company check, company credit card, vendor invoice, business card, letterhead or other printed collateral with company name. (Please note: 1 form of personal ID and 1 form of business ID is required for each additional employee.)

To maintain the professional environment of the show, children under the age of 14 years and strollers are strongly discouraged.

The photography of any exhibit is expressly prohibited without the written consent of the exhibitor.

Are children allowed?

To maintain the professional environment of the show, children under the age of 14 years and strollers are strongly discouraged.

What is the pre-registration deadline?

You are encouraged to pre-register early so you can receive updates and important news about the show.  Pre-registration is open up to and during the show dates. 

What is the cost to attend?

The Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show is open to the trade only.  Admission is free to qualified retailers. 

Do you mail the badges?

We do not mail badges.  But when you pre-register online, you’ll receive your ExpressPass via email.  Simply bring it to the show, scan it with our onsite readers and print out your badge quickly and easily!  

I pre-registered but did not receive my express pass?

We certainly apologize for any inconvenience!   For immediate assistance please call our Registration Support team at 980.233.3781, Ext 1 or via email – registration@expologic.com.

Or, you can go back to our ExpressPass login page here,  search for your record by your email or company name and zip code.  Once you’re back in to your company record, if there is a green check mark to the left of your name, this means you are registered. Simply select “Resend Confirmation” or “Download Express Pass” to retrieve.

 If there is an open check box there, that means you are not registered and you need only click in the open check box to the left of your name, then click the blue "Register/Modify" button. 

I need to make a change to my registration how can I do so?

For immediate assistance please call our Registration Support team at 980.233.3781, Ext 1 or via email – registration@expologic.com.

Otherwise, you can go back to the ExpressPass login page here, search for your record by your email or company name and zip code.

Once you’re in your record, you can select  “Return to company profile” button that appears in the upper right corner (below the banner with the show logo/info)  .  This will bring up a screen with your “Company Profile” and “Attendee Profiles”.  To make changes in your company information , click the “edit” button in the company Profile screen.  To make changes to current buyer names, click on the actual buyer name in blue under NAMES in left column in the “Attendee Profiles” screen and that will bring up the record to edit the name, email, phone and/or buyer type.

If you have questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our Registration Support team at the phone number or email listed above.  

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Show at a Glance
DECEMBER 3-6, 2017
Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Myrtle Beach, SC
800.318.2238
678.285.EXPO (3976)