The JIS October 2017 show has announced that it’s moving from Miami Beach to Fort Lauderdale due to damage from Hurricane Irma to the show’s original venue, the Miami Beach Convention Center.
The show will maintain the same dates, Oct. 8–11, but will decamp to the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which is just 30 miles north of Miami.
Those who attended JIS January and JIS April 2017 already know the waterfront venue well; it hosted those two JIS events earlier in the year.
“Knowing the important role that JIS October plays in delivering product in time for the holidays, we spoke to customers whose unanimous feedback was to find a new location and move forward with this year’s event,” said Jordan Tuchband, industry vice president of JIS. “We were thankful that the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center had space available during our same dates and that this location would have minimal impact for customers who have already booked flights to Miami, just a short drive away.”
To make the move easier for attendees, JIS has invested over $250,000 in new programs dedicated to easing travel concerns and delivering a memorable event. The investment includes a buyer merchandise credit program, special retailer hotel hosting opportunities, and travel assistance from Miami. Each day, there will be more than $50,000 worth of merchandise credits available for attendees to earn and spend with JIS October exhibitors.
The show has a history of assisting its retailers and exhibitors in hard times. JIS and the other Reed Jewelry Group Shows (JCK and LUXURY) are official partners of the Jewelers Disaster Relief Fund, organized by the Diamond Council of America and Jewelers of America, created to help jewelers recover who have been affected by recent natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and the California wildfires.
To learn more about the fund or to donate, visit the coalition’s GoFundMe page here.
For more info on the JIS October 2017 show, click here or call JIS directly at 800-840-5612.
See you in Fort Lauderdale!
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