The World Jewelry Center has now signed 60 companies to Letters of Intent to be part of the new international jewelry hub in Las Vegas. WJC officials say it’s an increase of 50 percent in the past five weeks.
After signing on an initial group of ten firms by the time plans for the WJC were announced in October, 2006, the number grew to 41 by mid-February, after presentations in the U.S. and overseas by WJC Managing Director Bill Boyajian and his team. The leap to 60 followed another series of worldwide presentations and trade show visits in February and March, backed by a comprehensive marketing, advertising, and publicity campaign, WJC officials said.
“Our recent trips to Istanbul, New York, and Hong Kong were just the latest that revealed the strong interest the World Jewelry Center has generated throughout the trade,” said Boyajian. “We have not only received uniformly enthusiastic responses to our presentations, but also consistent growth in the companies who are joining.”
“Clearly, leaders across the industry are increasingly grasping the WJC’s vision and the benefits of being part of such a unique global marketplace.”
The 60 participants signed to this point account for a total of 164,000 square feet of building space in the WJC trade tower.
“We are well ahead of schedule in attaining the milestones set for whole ownership office condominiums,” Boyajian said. “and I’m fully confident this trend will continue. In the coming weeks, we will press ahead with a major presence at the international trade shows in Basel, Vicenza, and JCK Las Vegas.”
Boyajian also said that he and his team will be present at the AGS Conclave in Denver, the ICA Congress in Dubai, and they will make presentations in Mumbai, Bangkok, and Moscow.
“We invite business leaders throughout the industry to make an appointment for a personal presentation as we travel to their part of the globe, or to contact us for a Webcast presentation at a time of their convenience,” Boyajian said.
The latest firms to sign LOIs are: M.J. Christensen; Betlach; Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry & Watches; R.H. & Company; Silver Star Jewelry; Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company; Exclusive Gems; Cora International LLC; Gemological Institute for Precious Stones; Caretta, Inc.; Gold & Diamond Inc., Houston; Oro Diamante; Canadian Gem; Liberty I. Exchange; Mason-Kay; Steven L. Miller Professional Law Corporation; David Tishbi Handcrafted Jewelry; Global-findings.com Group, Ltd; and NK Supply.