(PRESS RELEASE) DALLAS, TX — The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced that it has canceled its plans to reschedule the AGTA GemFair Tucson show for April 2021. “The AGTA Board of Directors has been working diligently to reschedule our Tucson GemFair,” said Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. “After much discussion with our exhibitors and buyers, it was determined that producing a Tucson show would not be viable this year.”
After the cancellation, and the announcement by as many as 22 other gem shows in Tucson that they would be postponing their shows to a late March/early April time frame, the AGTA Board of Directors began in earnest to devise a plan to reschedule AGTA GemFair Tucson to April 13 through 18, 2021. These efforts included surveying past buyers and numerous contacts with exhibiting members, through emails, zoom meetings, and telephone communications, to help gauge the level of expected participation in an April event.
“The decision to cancel our Tucson event for 2021 was clearly one of the most difficult decisions the AGTA Board of Directors has faced,” continued Hucker. “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.”