The 53rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair will go on as scheduled, and attendees should not be concerned by media reports of unrest in the Thai city, organizers said in a statement.
“The street-protest situation in Bangkok has calmed down significantly since the Thailand general election on Feb. 2,” the statement said. “Street protests, peaceful and orderly, now occur only sporadically…. Despite international media stories, Bangkok is not engulfed in city-wide chaos, nor has it been. For visitors, Bangkok continues to rank among the safest cities in the world.”
In the light of the situation, Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion is offering certain incentives, including free hotel accommodations for invited visitors and a waiver of the standard 20 percent duty on fair items. Thai Gem & Jewelry Traders Association, organizers of the BGJF, has arranged alternative insurance for exhibitors in cases where overseas insurers will not underwrite show attendance.
The organizers also vowed to keep close tabs on the security situation, and keep attendees “fully informed” of any developments.
The fair will be held Feb. 25 to March 1 at the Impact Challenger Exhibit Hall.