Organizers of 61st Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair: Record Figures Achieved
The 61st Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair held from February 21-25 attracted visitors from 113 countries with the top five visiting nations being India, Myanmar, China, USA and Russia, the organizers reported.
More than 850 exhibitors occupying 2,000 booths took part in the fair. There were 747 companies from Thailand, others came from around the globe, including Hong Kong, Poland, Turkey, Japan, Singapore, India, South Korea, Israel, Indonesia and Canada. A total of $63.6 million in trade value was generated at the show.
Held under the theme ‘Heritage & Craftsmanship’, the fair "highlighted Thailand’s cultural heritage, promoting the exquisite craftsmanship of Thai artisans with international trends to make jewelry more contemporary and answer to the demands of international consumers," fair organizers commented.
The DITP instigated a series of special zones at the event:
- The New Faces featured unique jewelry pieces from 120 SMEs from across the country, who prior to the 60th edition of Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair had never participated at the Show.
- The Niche Showcase featured the latest trends in jewelry for niche markets. Specifically, this focused on five main product groups:
- Heritage & Craftsmanship – with an emphasis on craftsmanship
- Spiritual Power – jewelry of belief and opulence
- Metro Men – jewelry for men
- The Moment – jewelry for special occasions
- Beyond Jewelry – lifestyle items decorated with metals and precious stones.
The fair also held a series of seminars and workshops by domestic and international experts on a range of topics from raw materials and jewelry trends, to marketing and gem certification. On the second day of the show, the Export Clinic 2018 was held, where directors of overseas Thai Trade Centers gave advice to companies and SMEs on how to penetrate foreign markets.
In 2017, the gems and jewelry industry was ranked third in terms of Thai exports after automotives and computers. Exports totaled nearly $13 billion, representing 5.4% of the kingdom’s total exports, and when excluding unwrought gold, the industry saw an increase of 2.25% compared to 2016 which was the first rise in three years.
The 62nd edition of the Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair will be held in September 2018 at Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani.