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TIA ANNOUNCES REVISED TOY FAIR™ CLOSING DATE AND SHOW HOURS FOR 2003 EVENT
January
1, 2003

100TH Anniversary Show to Run February 16-19

NEW YORK, June 7, 2002 - Toy Industry Association, Inc. (TIA™) announced today the 2003 American International TOY FAIR dates will be held February 16-19 (instead of February 16-20) at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Together with the change in dates, the exhibit floor hours at Javits will be extended each day.

"The dramatically stepped-up pace of business in the electronic age makes it especially difficult for buyers and exhibitors to be away from the office, factory or store for an extended period of time. By shortening the number of show days to four, and increasing the daily show hours, we can provide the amount of face time that the industry needs, and at the same time, enable show participants to get back to their businesses a day earlier," said Toy Fair Show Director Laura N. Greene.

Tom Conley, President of TIA, said "Today, we see that the vast majority of U.S. shows that serve retail industries run a maximum of four days. Buyers definitely need to travel to trade shows to see new product, but also need to conduct their business as efficiently as possible and return to their day-to-day retail operations. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of American International TOY FAIR, the changes we are making reflect this new reality."

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