The International Jewelry Fair (IJF) that recently concluded at the temporary Sydney Exhibition Center ended on a positive note. The organizers of the events were happy with the turnout seen during the fair, amidst fears of the unpredictable international stock market and the sudden change in schedule affecting turnout and sale. With the event being termed as a successful one, organizers are not indicating that this is positive news for the jewelry industry.
This was the second year that the IJF was being held at the temporary exhibition center at Glebe Island, Sydney. The risky start to the event was especially marked by the fact that the opening day happened to be a Saturday instead of the traditional Sunday. Industry experts had earlier said that starting the event on a Saturday would dampen the spirit of the fair.
The managing director of IJF organizer Expertise Events, Gary Fitz-Roy, while talking to the media, said that unlike previous years, there was a steady footfall in the first two days. Inaugurating the fair on a Saturday meant that visitors had an additional weekend to attend the fair, he said. Fitz-Roy also indicated that the event would be opened for the public on a Saturday next year as well.