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JA New York To End Summer Show


JA New York will no longer produce its summer show—a onetime mainstay of the trade show calendar—so it can better devote resources to its fall and spring events.

In 2019, the JA New York summer show, which was traditionally held in July, moved to August so it could run in conjunction with the NY Now gift show. The third joint event took place Aug. 14–16 at the Javits Center.

But after receiving feedback from retailers and exhibitors, that summer show looks like it will be JA New York’s last. Instead, the show group will focus on its events in the spring and the fall.

The JA New York fall show will take place Oct. 23–25, and the next spring show will be held March 5–7, 2023, both at the Javits Center.

“The choice to focus on these two events was made, in large part, to support the changing buying habits of their retailers,” said a JA New York statement. “The spring event is strategically timed in advance of Mother’s Day, while the fall event will allow attending retailers to stock their cases in time for the busy holiday selling season.”

“We’re looking forward to concentrating all of our efforts on building upon the success of our two mainstay events in October and March,” added Mark Lind, group show director for Emerald, which owns the JA New York show, in the same statement. “We are confident that this adjustment to our show cadence will better satisfy the needs of the industry.”

The JA show dates back to 1906. In 1991, Jewelers of America sold the show to trade show giant Blenheim—a move that led JCK, which was then just a magazine, to launch its own show in Las Vegas.

Since that 1991 sale, the JA New York show has had four different owners.

In 1996 Blenheim was acquired by Miller Freeman. Four years later Miller Freeman was acquired by VNU, a Dutch company. In 2007, VNU changed its name to the Nielsen Co.

In 2013 Nielsen Expositions was sold to Toronto-based Onex Corp. and became Emerald Expositions, the entity that currently runs the show.

Photo: Lucas Botz (courtesy of JA New York)

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By: Rob Bates

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