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Thailand Gems & Jewelry Fair Concludes




It was praised as a big success.

(Press Release) BANGKOK — Exhibitors, buyers, visitors and industry leaders met to strengthen relationships, conduct deals and seek out new opportunities at the Thailand Gems & Jewelry Fair 2017 held June 15-18 at IMPACT Challenger 2, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok, Thailand.

The four-day international gems and jewelry fair held in the Thai capital was buzzing with activities in which participants from many countries joined in trade negotiations, fashion shows, MOU-signing ceremonies, networking activities and seminars. Fresh relationships were forged, new products unveiled and the latest trends and technology showcased amidst the exciting atmosphere of the fair.

Buyers who attended the event enjoyed a wide selection of raw material and equipment from top suppliers as well as jewelry from well-known brands in Thailand.

“I’ve been coming to jewelry fairs in Thailand for the past 35 years to purchase gemstones and I find that this fair is very well organized. It’s very convenient to pre-register for the event and locate booths in the exhibition hall,” said Indian buyer Poojan Nilesh Patel of Poojan Gems in Mumbai.

“For the past seven years I’ve been coming to Thailand to buy gemstones and equipment. I think the Thailand Gems & Jewelry Fair should be held twice a year, and the mid-year period is perfect for the fair,” said Nay Lin Aung, president of the Thein Htike Lin Gemological Testing Center in Mandalay, Myanmar.

“I recommend the Thailand Gems & Jewelry Fair strongly, as it will appeal very much to retailers from around the world who are looking to re-stock manufactured jewelry and gemstones at very competitive prices, supported by the tax advantages for the gems and jewelry sector promoted by the Thai government,” said David Brough, editor of global digital magazine Jewellery Outlook.


A total of 12,944 visitors participated in the Thailand Gems & Jewelry Fair 2017, with 5,728 visitors from overseas and 7,216 from within Thailand. The countries with the highest number of overseas visitors at the TGJF2017 were China, India, Myanmar, Japan and U.S.

TGJTA President Suttipong Damrongsakul announced that the Thailand Gems & Jewelry Fair 2018 would be held during mid-2018, reflecting the great success of the 2017 fair.

“The Thai gems and jewelry industry is proud to successfully host the first international mid-year fair in Bangkok, Thailand, with the Thailand Gems & Jewelry Fair 2017,” he said. “The fair would not have been possible without our partners in the public and private sectors, from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Tourist Police, and gems and jewelry fair associations across the Asia-Pacific region. Thank you all for your kind participation and we hope to see you again next year!”INSTORE Photo Release 2 Fair



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