Following a two-year hiatus because of COVID-19 restrictions, the JWNZ Spring Trade Fair will take to the stage on September 11th at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Auckland. This in-person trade show will provide exhibitors and visitors with a unique experience that cannot be replicated online. The opportunity to meet face-to-face and reconnect can’t be undervalued.
“It will be good to see our old friends back and to meet new ones,” said Debbie Whiting, the Fair’s Convenor. “Everyone is very enthusiastic about the day. Although we don’t have the same pool of exhibitors as we had 10 years ago, because there is a lot fewer people in the industry, our loyal supporters jumped at the chance of going to a new venue and finally getting together as a trade. There is a good mixture of key players including jewellery, watch, gem and equipment exhibitors to greet visitors.”
“And now New Zealand is open to overseas visitors, Australian members are joining us and most importantly, so are the buying groups. Nationwide and Showcase have made affirm commitments to be there.”
With 55 tables sold, the event will take place over two levels at the Squadron. Visitors will enter on the eastern side of building through a private entrance. They will receive a voucher for a complimentary muffin that can be redeemed at the Café on the second level and during the last hour of the fair enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbles. There is also the opportunity to win hourly spot prizes.
Debbie: “We hope a lot of Kiwis will feel comfortable about travelling to Auckland, staying at a nice hotel and walking along the waterfront to the Squadron, the holder of the America’s Cup. It is an amazing historic venue. Not only is it sited on the water, but there is ample parking and it is a venue, I personally feel very comfortable with, having been a member of the Squadron for more than 40 years. I know the staff will do everything they can to make everything work on the day for us. And as it is a private club, we will have extra security on board for our exhibitors, visitors and Club members.
“Registration is open. Go onto the JWNZ Trade Fair web page to register. This which will speed up the process when you arrive. In the meantime, organisers are ensuring your boutique fair experience will be safe, comfortable and rewarding.”