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Gem show to pump $100 million into Tucson economy

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Tucson,-The start of a New Year means it’s almost time for Tucson’s annual gem shows. And local vendors are expecting this year to be bigger than ever.

Jane Roxbury is Director of Convention Services at Visit Tucson. She’s estimating thousands of local vendors at more than forty shows.

And that means big bucks for the local economy.

“We're looking at close to fifty thousand visitors this year, and one hundred million dollars in economic impact,” she said.

That economic impact is being felt heavily by international vendors, as well as local business owners like Carolyn Cary of Norcross-Madagascar.

“Over twenty-five percent of our annual boost is during this five week period,” she said.

As interest in the show grows each year, so is business.

“We're adding fifteen thousand square feet of retail and wholesale space in the showroom,” she said.  “Starting next year, we'll have vendors in as well. So it will be Tucson's newest gem show.”

Tents and table are already starting to go up around the city. This season’s shows are scheduled to kick off January 17th.

For more information on shows and vendors, click here

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