AGTA GemFair Tucson Sees Increase in Buyers
The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) reports that the 2010 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson had an increase in buyer traffic over the 2009 show. A total of 8176 registered buyers attended the event, a 7% increase over last year. The show was held February 2-7 at the Tucson Convention Center.
"We were encouraged to see an increase in the number of buyers at GemFair and the enthusiasm they brought to the show floor," stated Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. "We had steady traffic each day of the show and the buyers were serious about restocking their inventory in a wide variety of gemstones and pearls in all price points."
Social and networking events saw good numbers as well, including the ICA Reception on February 3 where ICA, GIA and AGTA produced a tribute to Campbell Bridges. The AGTA Dinner Dance, sponsored by the Diamond Council of America (DCA) also drew a nice crowd for the presentation of the 2010 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ and the dancing that followed.
The AGTA Seminar Program once again featured some of the industry's finest speakers. Richard Drucker from Gemworld International, David Brown of the Edge Retail Academy, Leela Hutchison with a presentation on Giant Selenite Crystals, Kate Peterson on behalf of the DCA, Elisabeth Strack on the Chinese Pearl Industry, Dr. Jim Shigley from GIA with their latest research findings and a JVC panel of government agency representatives were just a few of the sessions receiving great feedback from attendees. The MJSA At the Bench Live demonstration area also saw the seats filled for each session by bench experts. AGTA recorded approximately 25 of the seminars and they will be available shortly. The DVD will contain the audio and PowerPoint presentations and will be provided at no charge to AGTA members and for only $50 to non-members - contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-972-1162 to order.