The 65th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair was successfully organised amidst the COVID-19 crisis, with an increase of 10% in exhibitors.
Welcoming nearly 10,000 visitors from Thailand and abroad, the Fair was Asia’s only gems and jewelry trade show held during the beginning of this year.
Director-general of the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Somdet Susomboon, says the show, which took place February 25-29 February, was considered a success though the event was held amidst the spread of the coronavirus which prompted many exhibitors and visitors to cancel their plans to join the fair in the days leading up to the event.
“The number of visitors during trade days was satisfactory as we welcomed nearly 7,000 visitors who participated in trade negotiations, 58% of which were from overseas. This demonstrated that buyers were confident in our screening and preventive measures for COVID-19 which matched international standards. However, during the show, news on the spread of the virus had become more severe both in Thailand and abroad, causing some visitors to delay their travel plans,” the director-general details.
Several countries which are considered key target buyers of the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair such as China, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, have prohibited their citizens to travel abroad or have issued travel advisory during the event dates. Therefore, some pre-registered trade delegates were unable to travel as planned and had canceled their trips due to concerns regarding the spread of the disease.
Despite this, the 65th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair was joined by 994 companies in 2,086 booths, a 10% increase from the 63rd edition of the fair, which took place during the same time period in 2019.
During the five days of the event, the fair welcomed 9,292 visitors with 4,854 from foreign countries and 4,438 from Thailand. The top five visiting countries were India, China, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Russia, respectively, while the top five product groups with the highest trade value were coloured stones, machinery, silver jewellery, other products, and pearls, respectively.
The DITP has been closely monitoring the impact of coronavirus on international trade shows and exhibitions.
The 66th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair take place in September 2020.