Information Markets Jewellery, organiser of Jewellery & Gem World Hong Kong (JGW), has spoken out in praise of niche show GemGenève after it moved its dates to avoid a clash between the two.
B2B marketplace JGW is slated to take place 9-13 November after it pushed back its show from its original September dates.
This was to alleviate safety concerns and worries that coronavirus-related travel restrictions would impact JGW, formerly called September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.
The organisers hastened to add that JGW 2021 will return to its normal September slot.
GemGenève, meanwhile, was set to go ahead 5-8 November, which may have meant a scheduling clash for both buyers and exhibitors, especially given the travel required between Hong Kong and Geneva.
After careful consideration, GemGenève decided to bring forward its show in what it called an act of solidarity with the industry.
It will now take place 1-4 November, for which JGW organiser Information Markets Jewellery has expressed its gratitude.
Celine Lau, director of jewellery fairs at Informa Markets Jewellery, said: “We deeply appreciate this extraordinary gesture by our colleagues and friends at Gemexpo, and the exhibitors and buyers powering GemGenève. They have proven that we, as a community, can indeed come together, seek creative ways to maximise sourcing opportunities for our show attendees, and remain united in our common goal of helping the industry bounce back from the pandemic crisis.”
Commenting on the reason behind GemGenève’s rescheduling, meanwhile, Ronny Totah, co-founder of the Geneva show, added: “I’m convinced that now is the time to turn to more human values. We will not be able to go through this challenging period without solidarity and respect.”
The decision to reshuffle the JGW dates was made earlier this month. Read more below: