Hop on a buggy so you ‘shop and shop’ but do not ‘drop’!

Preview to the IIJS Signature 2022
The Show must go on!
The Show must go on!

Yes, buggies are in! Tired feet out! To make your shopping experience at the grand and enormous venue – the Bombay Exhibition Centre, NESCO (which is almost 41 acres) – an experience to cherish, this year IIJS Signature 2022 is planned with buggies, café’s, relaxation areas, separate services for cargo, large parking spaces and spacious corridors to keep the Covid-19 protocols in place, informed Shailesh Sanghani, Convener, National Exhibition, Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council  at the exclusive preview of “The Making of the IIJS Signature 2022.”

 “IIJS Signature 2022 is being held after a gap of two long years. The GJEPC had announced the show slated on January 6, at the Jio World Centre, but the third wave came upon us, and by industry consensus, we decided to postpone it,” said Sanghani.  “As Covid-19 tapered off, the exhibitors were given a 21-day prior notice for February 18, and the the venue too shifted from Jio World to NESCO, as the Reliance Group needed to complete leftover construction work.”

Dispelling the concerns about the NESCO ground being a covid centre that has an 1800-bed facility, the Convener informed that currently only four patients were admitted there. The Council has put in place strict safety measures and has erected large barricades dividing the show premises from the Covid centre.

Halls of Fame

IIJS Signature is spread across 1 to 7 Halls. For the first time Hall 1 will have a special pavilion dedicated to Silver Jewellery, Hall 6 (located near Gate 2) will have exhibitors showcasing Diamond & Gold Jewellery; Hall 2 is renamed Grande and will house Loose Diamonds & Gemstones and Laboratories & Educational Institutes; and Hall 7 will be the Machinery & Allied section. There will be 8 Coffee Shops, three large Cafeterias, and around 20 golf carts or “buggies’’ as Sanghani referred to them, to ferry the show visitors from one hall to another.

Talking about the planning of the event, the Convener spoke of all the challenges that they had faced. Speaking of the behind-the-scenes work that went into putting up one of the largest jewellery trade shows in Asia he revealed meticulously planned detailed services like “personalization of each stall with choice of light-colour in stalls, smoothening the floor beneath the carpets before laying them” among other thoughtfully planned integrations to make the IIJS experience a memorable one.

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