The international fair makes a successful comeback in India

Following the cancellation of its 2020 edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the India International Jewelery Show (IIJS) Premiere made a triumphant return last month.

The show, which was held from September 15 to 19 in the city of Bengaluru, registered around 1,300 exhibitors and 21,000 visitors, including more than 300 international buyers, according to the organizer, the Gem & Jewelery Export Promotion Council ( GJEPC).

Before the pandemic, IIJS Premiere would attract 35,000 to 40,000 visitors, including more than 1,000 international buyers.

The GJEPC says this is the first large-scale, international, all-physical jewelry trade fair to be held since the start of the pandemic. Notably, the 2021 event took place outside Mumbai for the first time in the history of the show due to COVID-19 restrictions in the city.

According to a GJEPC press release, the show generated “sales of US $ 6.75 billion” (AU $ 9.4 billion).

“The success of IIJS Premiere 2021 is a clear indication that the gemstone and jewelry industry has ignored the effects of the pandemic on the sector and the economy in general,” the statement continued.

Colin Shah, President of GJEPC, said: “We are delighted that IIJS Premiere has generated an estimated turnover of $ 6.75 billion. We are already seeing an increase in exports and are confident that the industry will meet the export target of $ 43.75 billion this year.

Shah also thanked the Karnataka State Government and the venue for the show, the Bangalore International Exhibition Center, which was subject to strict safety regulations, including an on-site COVID-19 testing center, an ambulance, a hall quarantine and a doctor on call.

Visitors and exhibitors were required to have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, as well as produce a negative test within 48 hours of attendance.

The GJPEC statement noted that international buyers from Bangladesh, United Kingdom, United States, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, United Arab Emirates and Nepal had placed orders at the show.

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