Our 2017 show is 25% bigger! The 2016 tent was 585 feet long but in 2017 it will be 738 feet long (73,800 sq. feet) as we welcome dealers moving from hotel shows with insufficient parking. Our venue will always be climate-controlled with rigid hard-shell walls, on a smooth asphalt concrete floor, and featuring five layers of security. For customers, this is the most convenient show in Tucson with its central location, free parking, and the ability to see 220 dealers (from small up-coming dealers to large anchor dealers) quickly and easily.
Our 2016 attendance was over 41,000 — making this show the #1 most attended gem, mineral, fossil & jewelry show in the world. But in 2017, with 25% more dealers and a 4x larger advertising campaign we expect 50,000 visitors.
In 2018 with the completion of the El Paso & Southwestern Greenway alongside us, and a 5x larger advertising campaign (vs. 2017) the tent will be lengthened 33% more to 984 feet. The 98,400 square footage is the same floor space as 550 hotel rooms (at 10' x 18' each). With the attraction of 33% more dealers we forecast at least 20% more visitors (60,000) in 2018.
In 2019 our goal is to extend another 34% to 1,326 feet long (a quarter mile) and attract 80% of all buyers that come to Tucson for the gem showcase. If 100,000 buyers descend upon Tucson for the event, then that equates to 80,000 visitors in 2019.
In 2020 the first 2-story building will be constructed, adding 100,000 sq. feet of upscale space to the show. The intent is to woo 300 high-end gem dealers to our venue and attract 95% of all buyers that come to Tucson.
New Dealers! Because of our high customer attendance driven by our central location, free parking, 18-day show length, huge size, and aggressive advertising, our standardized booth fee is the lowest in the Unites States. That's a great deal for you, which makes for a great deal for your customers. We're a weather-proof venue and there are no "bad" booth locations. Come join us. We're making it real easy for you! For just $60 you can stay for 19 nights at our preferred hotel, Country Inn & Suites (includes free breakfast) each and every year. Learn how!