(MIAMI BEACH, Fla.) – On Thursday, October 15, 2015 the jewelry industry descended upon Miami Beach, Florida for opening day of the Jewelers International Showcase (JIS) October jewelry trade show. By the time the show concluded on Sunday evening, JIS reports all prior JIS attendance records were shattered. Attendance reporting presented a 16% increase over the October 2014 event, also making it JIS’s largest year to year attendance increase in the show’s thirty six year history.
On opening day buyers lined up early, ready to shop and explore all of the new and exciting features at JIS this year. Jordan Tuchband, Industry Vice President of JIS, who’s been with the show for sixteen years, was amazed at the number of excited attendees pouring through the entry doors of the Miami Beach Convention Center. “There was a new energized excitement about the show now that it’s a part of Reed Exhibitions and the Reed Jewelry Group. You could feel it even before the doors opened at 10 o’clock on October 15th and the lines at registration were astonishing; unlike anything I’ve seen in my time with JIS.”
Not only were the attendee numbers impressive for the JIS October Show, but the amount of product and exhibiting companies played a significant part in the largest, most successful JIS Miami show to date. Many exhibitors reported to show staff that they were thrilled with the traffic on the floor and the quality of retailers in attendance.
Carolyn Thamkul, Executive Vice President of Belle Étoile and longtime JIS exhibitor, was elated to be a part of JIS history. “I love the ‘new’ show. You can already see all the changes and how customers are positively responding. I’ve seen retailers from regions I’ve never seen before at JIS Miami. The show has more to offer than ever before, which is a direct correlation to the elevated caliber of both exhibitors and retailers.”
Throughout the event, attendees frequented the first LUXURY Miami event in its own chic ballroom, along with a number of new and expanded pavilions – including HKJMA (Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers Association) and the Plumb Club. Attendees enjoyed a variety of upgraded relaxing lounges throughout the show floor with snacks and beverages, and lunched with a three course meal at the beautiful Hidden Gem Café. The Galleria Lounge, with its modern uptown feel and sophisticated environment, was one of the most highly talked about locations – particularly when it became the scene for JIS to announce the winner of its first ever Retailer of the Year Award, presented to Colombian Emerald International – a member of the Dufry Group.
In tandem and for the first time ever, JIS Miami invitingly opened its doors to the media; adding to the buzz of excitement from exhibitors and retailers alike. An array of respected press from print, television, and digital outlets throughout the Americas ogled the expansive collections of jewelry designs, between both JIS and LUXURY Miami.
Media attendees were impressed by the expansive array of materials and designs presented within both shows, providing the ability to satisfy unique fashion trends in a number of regions. As noted by Mexico’s Vianey Moreno, Special Reporter & Sales Manager, from Revista Watches World: “I was impressed by the large variety of products addressing a wide range of styles and prices. In addition, the diversity of exhibitors provided the opportunity to be aware of the latest trends. I enjoyed making new contacts and I look forward to participating in future events.”
The next JIS Miami trade-only event will be held January 16-18, 2016 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. To find out more about exhibiting or attending, visit jisshow.com or call 800-840-5612.