Sarin Bachmann, group vice president of Reed Jewelry Group, is ready to meet like it’s 2019. At JCK & Luxury, returning to The Venetian Resort & Sands Expo in Las Vegas this August, she’ll get close to her wish.

The dates are different than usual, and so the floor layouts have been redesigned, but Bachmann is keen to emphasize that it will pretty much be business as usual.

“After over a year without JCK in-person events, we are thrilled to welcome the jewelry industry back to JCK this summer,” Bachmann said.

It appears to be a big reunion. More than 1,500 exhibitors have registered for the general show, and another 150 for the luxury portion. Attendance is on pace for a strong number, but the status of international vendors and buyers remains in flux given the remaining COVID-19 protocols.

Masks will be optional for vaccinated attendees, and procedures to return in-person have been carefully considered, Bachmann noted. 

“Our team has been diligently working since the shut down on planning for comprehensive health and safety protocols in addition to launching new digital initiatives, like JCK Pro, to connect the JCK community to our unmatched resources year-round,” she said.

Social media boot camps, on-site podcasts and other digital offerings will be present to engage would-be attendees unable to be in Las Vegas Aug. 26-29. 

“We all learned in 2020 how to do things digitally way better than we ever thought we could and way quicker than we ever thought we could,” Bachmann said. “I think we’ve all realized webinars, video conferencing and selling and buying online is here to stay.”

Still, the tactile nature of jewelry is difficult to replicate, as evidenced by Reed’s ability to build a show of pre-pandemic size so soon after Las Vegas fully reopened.

Pushing back dates from last Spring to late Summer allowed Reed to secure better hotel room rates — $209 per night — and also is giving attendees more time to become fully vaccinated. And while the dates are different, the show flow will be similar to past years, only with some expanded opportunities.

Early signs point to the delay as being the right move. There will be more than 20 curated neighborhoods inside the properties, with the luxury lines residing on the fourth and fifth floors of The Venetian.

“We are really excited to bring this to the industry,” Bachmann said. “This is not just for the people at our shows, this is for everyone in the jewelry industry.”

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Gulf media report that Abu Dhabi holding company ADQ has submitted an offer to Abu Dhabi National Hotels Company to merge it with its Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and create one of the largest hospitality, events and catering groups in the region.

The combined group would have assets of approximately Dh20bn ($5.45bn) and comprise 28 owned and operated hotels with a total of 6,700 rooms, three exhibition centres (in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and ExCeL London), as well as several catering companies.

“This proposed offer provides a unique opportunity to create value by bringing together two major players in Abu Dhabi’s hospitality and events sector,” said Mansour AlMulla, chief investment officer of alternative investments and mergers and acquisitions at ADQ. He added that the combined company would benefit from increased scale, new revenue opportunities, and an enhanced capital structure that will position it well for future growth.

As part of the proposal, ADNH would issue to ADQ a convertible instrument that would convert into 1.2 billion ordinary shares in the capital of ADNH.

The offer implies an equity value of approximately Dh3.93bn for ADNH, giving ADQ just under 55% of the company shareholding.

The requirement of necessary regulatory approvals are likely to mean the transaction could close during the second half of 2021.

Set up in 2018, ADQ has a portfolio that includes Abu Dhabi Power Corporation, Abu Dhabi Airports, Abu Dhabi Ports, Etihad Rail, Seha, insurer Daman, media companies Abu Dhabi Media and twofour54 and Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, among others.

Abu Dhabi National Hotels owns the Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Sofitel Jumeirah Beach, Le Meridian Abu Dhabi and Address Dubai Mall, among others. It reported a 154% jump in its first quarter profit.

The ADNEC portfolio includes the 100-acre ExCeL London exhibitions and conventions centre in the London Docklands, Al Ain Convention Centre, Aloft London ExCeL, Aloft Abu Dhabi, Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi and Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Abu Dhabi Resort.

Source: www.exhibitionworld.co.uk/

OSH India & Facilities Show India 

Organiser Informa Markets in India is set to bring in South Asia’s largest occupational safety and health industry show, Occupational Health and Safety India (OSH India), along with the UK-originated Facilities Show India in their virtual formats on 29 July. 

Commenting on the 3rd virtual edition of OSH and 2nd virtual edition of Facilities Show India, Yogesh Mudras, managing director of Informa Markets in India, said: “Occupational safety and health in India continues to be a tough task, especially with the current pandemic situation. Focusing on occupational safety is a priority and need of the hour, with the gradual return to the workplace in a new normal.” 

With more than 40% of India’s population expected to live in cities by 2030, there is a need to envision and implement initiatives in the facilities management space to manage this rapid and massive urbanisation. In addition, Covid-19 has made the task of ensuring a safe and hygienic workplace a challenge.  

According to International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates, every year over 2.3m women and men die at work from an occupational injury or disease. Over 350,000 deaths are due to fatal accidents and almost 2m deaths are due to fatal work-related diseases.  

This context promotes the expos’ virtual knowledge forums to comprise topics such as How HSE in Organisations has Shaped Up Post the onslaught of Covid-19 and Designing Facilities that Ensure Health & Wellness at the Workplace. The expos will also have technical workshops conducted by brands like sure safety, and TATA Communication.  

IFSEC India Expo 

The International Fire & Security Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC) India Expo will host its 3rd virtual edition, also on 29 July. IFSEC India Virtual Expo, co-hosted with OSH India and Facilities Show India, will showcase the latest technologies and innovations for the real-world problem of securing the life of citizens and critical infrastructure.  

Supported by ASIS Bengaluru and Mumbai Chapters, IISSM, GACS and Mitkat Advisory, the expo will bring together brands, consultants, business experts and key Government officials pertaining to the safety and security industry under a common virtual platform.  

The global commercial security system market size is projected to grow from US$223.9bn in 2021 to $342.6bn by 2026; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 8.9% during this forecast period.  

Speaking at the announcement of IFSEC Virtual Expo, Mudras said: “We are thrilled to continue with our series of virtual expos for IFSEC India considering the current challenging times during the pandemic. The implementation of a virtual interaction platform will stimulate collaboration and open-up new opportunities for the exhibitors and buyers in a cost-effective way.” 

For further details on Informa Markets in India, visit here 

Source: www.exhibitionworld.co.uk/

The four-day 30th HKTDC (Hong Kong Trade and Development Council) Education & Careers Expo expo came to a close in Hong Kong, 18 July, having successfully linked up visitors with over 2,600 job vacancies on offer.

The show was held at the HKCEC concurrently with the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair, HKTDC Hong Kong Sports and Leisure Expo and HKTDC World of Snacks. Open to the public free of charge, the two major sections at the expo – Education and Careers – provided comprehensive information on education and job opportunities.

This year’s expo had six zones, including the Self-Betterment Zone, Tertiary Academy Zone, Vocational and Professional Education Zone, Continuing Education Zone, Creative and Educational Support Services Zone and International Exchange Village.

Margaret Fong, HKTDC executive director, said 800 exhibitors, including educational institutions, government departments, public organisations, professional associations and private enterprises representing 14 countries and regions, had taken part in the show.

The expo’s education theme days highlighted studying in the United States, with representatives from consulate general offices on hand to introduce the prerequisites for admission, application procedures, information on campus life and more.
On the third day of the expo (17 July), the brand-new Skills theme, organised by the Vocational Training Council (VTC), invited several winners from the WorldSkills Competition to share their experience. Seminars were organised on a variety of topics, including interior design, wardrobe, jewellery and webpage development. On the last day of the expo (18 July), medical and healthcare professionals share their work experience, career pathways and job requirements during the Introduction to Healthcare and Medical Sector theme day.

On-the-spot recruitment was another popular feature and representatives from the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups introduce a range of popular courses such as floral design, barista skills, art therapy, speech therapy and STEM learning.

WHub, a Hong Kong start-up community platform, worked the show with nine local start-ups for on-site recruitment. In addition, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development Office of the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau set up a booth to help young people explore opportunities for study, work and entrepreneurship arising from the development of the Greater Bay Area.

Various celebrities also attended the show to offer valuable experiences and insights.

Dominic Tong, senior lecturer from the Department of Physics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and guest host of the TVB programme Sidewalk Scientist, share some intriguing ways to understand physic. The following day, Bonnie Wong, DJ from Commercial Radio Hong Kong, spoke about her career experience after graduation and how she made her dream come true by embracing the opportunity to become a TV and radio host. And education expert Jeffrey Hui advise participants on the strategies for studying in the UK and offered golden tips on how to put together a great CV.

HKTDC is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong’s trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub.

Source: www.exhibitionworld.co.uk/