Despite concerns about the election, last week’s JAA International Jewellery Fair attracted around the same number of visitors as last year.
Although the final visitor figures have not yet been released, Expertise Events managing director Gary Fitz-Roy said visitor numbers were basically the same as in 2012 when just over 5600 attended.
“Whilst compared to most trade exhibitions this is a great result given the influx of returning and new registrations, it was disappointing from my personal side but in truth a good result in light of the election, etc,” he said.
In addition, Fitz-Roy said the mood at the Fair was “upbeat from the start”.
“The Fair ran smoothly, had some great new initiatives such as the Spotlight learning centres, Diamond Display and new speciality pavilions as well as a very successful media morning tea for the glossy consumer magazines.”
Fitz-Roy is now focusing on planning for the inaugural National Jewellery Forums which will be held at the Adelaide Event & Exhibition Centre on October 15 and at the Perth Crown Casino on October 17.
According to Fitz-Roy, the Forums will feature product displays from over 30 jewellery industry suppliers.
“The Forums are about delivering retailers exhibitors that can help boost Christmas and New Year sales,” he said.
“In addition we have secured top retail expert Debra Templar to open the forums with a free one-hour session about boosting retail business and are giving two retailers the chance to win a one-on-one session with her”.
He said Expertise Events will release a list of Forum exhibitors in the new few weeks.
For more information visit www.jewelleryforum.com.au