(LAS VEGAS)—Las Vegas Design Center, a year-round marketplace that attracts thousands of design professionals, is the host site for the annual Interior Design Society National Conference. The 2011 event, comprised of an awards ceremony and a one-day workshop, will be held January 22-23 to coincide with the start of Las Vegas Market.

“Our goal is to exceed the expectations of design professionals by not only serving as a comprehensive, state of the art home furnishings resource but also as a hub for timely, relevant educational and entertaining programming and events,” said Las Vegas Design Center Vice President Randy Wells. “We are thrilled about our partnership with IDS and the opportunity to share the experience of Las Vegas Design Center and Las Vegas Market with their membership.”

The 2011 IDS National Conference begins with a semi-formal awards ceremony at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, the host hotel, on Saturday, January 22. An intensive workshop on Sunday, January 23, at Las Vegas Design Center will offer put-in-play business strategies and leadership insights, including how to grow a business using green products, what it takes to satisfy challenging clients, and how to launch a social media marketing initiative. A focused keynote address by luxury market consultant and author Steve Nobel will tackle a timely topic: marketing to affluent shoppers.

The conference will conclude with a products preview and cocktail reception with HGTV’s Monica Pedersen from 5:30-7 p.m. on Sunday, January 23. Then, attendees will attend the Winter 2011 Las Vegas Market, Jan. 24-28, where they will find a tantalizing and diverse assortment of new products, top-notch seminars, and unmatched social and networking events.

“The timing and location of the conference is ideal for residential interior designers,” said IDS CEO Pamela White. “Following the awards program and a day of presentations, our attendees will be able to source new home furnishings during Las Vegas Market. Ultimately, we’ve partnered with Las Vegas Design Center to create an event that will help our interior designer members to stay ahead of their competition and thrive in this economy.”

About Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center Las Vegas

Sitting at the epicenter of the world’s fastest growing home furnishings complex, Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center Las Vegas is a year-round resource for design-seeking consumers and designers showcasing top names in fine furniture, decorative accessories, wall décor, lighting, floor coverings, fabrics and trim. Now open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., LVDC boasts hundreds of leading manufacturers’ lines. An important source of education for the industry, Las Vegas Design Center also attracts many of the industry’s most prominent thought leaders to its comprehensive slate of seminars, networking receptions and other sought-after events. Las Vegas Design Center is home to the recently opened Mundo: A Culinary Haute Spot.

About World Market Center Las Vegas

World Market Center Las Vegas is an integrated home and hospitality contract furnishings showroom and trade complex. The state-of-the-art campus showcases furniture, decorative accessories, gift, lighting, area rugs, home textiles and related segments, as well as Las Vegas Design Center open daily to consumers and designers. World Market Center currently hosts the biannual Las Vegas MarketTM, the preeminent total home market along with Gift + HomeTM and Vegas KidsTM.

About the Interior Design Society

Based in High Point, NC, Interior Design Society is a national trade association that recognizes and assists specialists in all walks of residential interior design, including designers, sales specialists, design-related businesses, interior design students and manufacturers/suppliers. IDS is a national organization of more than 3,000 members strong across local chapters located across the United States. IDS offers valuable education, resources, programs, and services to aid its members in their path to professionalism in residential interior design.

SOURCE: Las Vegas Design Center

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