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AGTA GemFair Tucson 2016 Sees Increased Attendees

Feb 14, 2016 3:25 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... The 2016 AGTA GemFair Tucson from February 2 to 7 saw a “significant” increase in attending companies, with more buyers using preregistration, the show organizers said.

“This was one of the best shows we’ve ever had,” said Douglas Hucker, chief executive officer of AGTA. “The buzz about this show started a few months ago, and continued straight through to closing day. I honestly can’t remember a show where everyone I saw, from exhibitors to buyers, walked around with a smile on their face all day long.”

Opening day registration was “overflowing” with attendees, with a new registration system in place, AGTA said in a statement February 10. Exhibitors at the Texas show were happy with the demand for color they witnessed from buyers, AGTA said.

The AGTA CAD Design Pavilion return to their GemFair for its third year, with traffic and participation increasing. The pavilion lets buyers take their colored gemstone purchase, design a new piece and leave with a wax mold, all in one place. Expansion is possible in 2017. The Tools, Technology and Supplies Pavilion was also successful, the statement said.

AGTA debuted the new education promotion tool, Cultured Pearls Playbook. There were also several buyer benefits and networking opportunities.

The AGTA Spectrum Awards winners were showcased at the fair, with winners given the opportunity to display their award-winning designs for the final award, the Buyer’s Choice Award. The winner this year was Bella Campbell of Campbellian, New York.
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