Trade Shows


TPS Visual Communications will operate an on-site studio for buyers and exhibitors at the JA Las Vegas! show Feb. 2-4. The company will photograph and return merchandise in as little as two hours, saving the expense, inconvenience and security problems involved in leaving the show. The service is offered to retailers who are considering purchases and want to take a photograph for decision-making later and to manufacturers who need publicity shots of their products. TPS Visual Communications, 138 Liberty Ave., Mineola, NY 11501; (516) 739-5919, fax (516) 739-1008.


Gem and Lapidary Wholesalers Inc. will hold gem shows for the trade only throughout the U.S. in 1997. The shows will be held Jan. 26-Feb. 7 in Tucson, Ariz.; Feb. 21-23 in Cincinnati, Ohio; Feb. 28-March 2 in Greensboro, N.C.; April 13-14 in Minneapolis, Minn.; April 18-20 in Detroit, Mich.; May 9-11 in Franklin, N.C.; May 16-18 in Orlando, Fla.; July 11-13 in Detroit, Mich.; July 18-20 in Baltimore, Md.; July 24-27 in Franklin, N.C.; and Sept. 4-7 in Tucson, Ariz. (two locations).

Gem and Lapidary Wholesalers Inc., P.O. Box 98, Flora, MS 39071-0098; (601) 879-8832, fax (601) 879-3282.


The annual retail design exposition GlobalShop will be held March 22-24 in McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill. The show will feature the latest in store design, creative fixturing, operations and construction materials, merchandising and point-of-purchase advertising.

Speakers will include Arthur Martinez, chief executive of Sears Roebuck; Gordon Thompson III, vice president of research, design and development for athletic shoe and apparel giant Nike; and Tom Peters, author of The Pursuit of Wow and In Search of Excellence.

GlobalShop, 6255 Barfield Rd., Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30328-4300; (800) 646-0091.


The second International Jewelers Exposition will be held Sept. 21-23 at Trump’s Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. Organizers plan 300 booths.

The new location was chosen in response to exhibitors’ requests for a more compact, cost-effective exhibit facility with a quality atmosphere, says Berj Abajian, IJE consultant. The 60,000-sq.-ft. exhibit area will provide access to hotel accommodations, restaurants and entertainment under one roof.

Best Trade Shows Management Co., 8025 Black Horse Pike, Suite #410, W. Atlantic City, NJ 08232; (609) 646-3800, fax (609) 646-3782.


Just in time to make plans for the new year, the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Festival will be held Feb. 26-March 1 at the Hong Kong Exhibition Centre. More than 100 manufacturers will attend, and organizers expect 6,000 trade visitors. Brilliant-Art Trade Fairs Inc., 1101 Tung Wai Commercial Building, 111 Gloucester Rd., Wanchai, Hong Kong; (852) 2511-6077, fax (852) 2507-5855.

International Jewellery Kobe will debut June 12-14 in Kobe, Japan. Sponsored by the organizer of International Jewellery Tokyo, the new show was designed to complement the Kobe-based cultured pearl industry. Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd., 18F Shinjuku-Nomura Building, 1-26-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-05, Japan; (81-3) 3349-8503, fax (81-3) 3345-7929.

The second edition of Israel The Source will be held April 3-7 at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds. The show will precede the Basel Fair in Switzerland and will feature diamonds and colored gemstones. Miller Freeman Jewelry Group, One Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10119-1198; (800) 950-1314, ext. 2201, or (212) 615-2201; fax (212) 279-4450. Special travel packages for attending Israel The Source and Basel are available from Aim Expo. Contact Maurice Arfi at (860) 444-2300, fax (860) 444-2520.

The art and antique fair TEFAF Maastricht will be held March 8-16 in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Silver and jewelry will be featured as part of an Antiques & Works of Art exhibit. European Fine Art Foundation, P.O. Box 1035, 5200 BA ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands; (31-73) 614-5165, fax (31-73) 614-0588.

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