Downtown Atlanta to get economic boost with trade show

January 12,2021

Bill Liss, WXIA Atlanta | 11 Alive

ATLANTA — Atlanta's economy continues to struggle to recover from the hit it has taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But there's temporary relief coming this week. The AmericasMart semi-annual trade show is expected to attract thousands of furniture, gift and apparel buyers.

Last March, when the coronavirus basically shut down Atlanta, more than 80 percent of Downtown hotel employees were forced out of work.

The hospitality industry projected a $10 billion loss with hotel occupancy averaging just 36 percent.

But the demand for home goods has kept the AmericasMart thriving.

This week, 30,000 buyers will be Downtown to attend the furniture, gift and apparel trade show, following strict guidelines.

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