Dallas. Feb. 26, 2021. The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced that it has canceled plans to reschedule the AGTA GemFair Tucson show for April 2021.
After announcing the cancellation of its February GemFair in Tucson, the AGTA board of directors worked to reschedule it to mid-April. Efforts included surveying buyers to gauge a level of expected participation in an April event. Ultimately, outreach suggested a fair should be shelved for 2021.
“After much discussion with our exhibitors and buyers, it was determined that producing a Tucson show would not be viable this year,” said Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. “Moving forward, we are all committed to planning a robust show in Tucson in 2022. Additionally, we are currently investigating other opportunities for AGTA and its members to participate in Las Vegas this August as well as other exciting possibilities that we expect to announce very shortly.”
The Gem & Jewelry Exchange (GJX) show, located across the street from the AGTA GemFair Tucson, housed at the Tucson Convention Center, also cancelled its event for 2021. As a result of the lack of shows this year, many gem dealers have been hosting virtual Tucson events to try to drive sales that would normally happen during in-person fairs.