MUNICH, Germany, February 18, 2017 - Exhibitor numbers were up around 5 percent year-on-year at Inhorgenta Munich as the jewellery and watches trade show opened its doors on February 18.
|Isabella Liu jewellery at Inhorgenta Munich 2017 (Hall C2)|
Germany´s Federal Jewelers' Association said 987 exhibitors from 40 countries were taking part in the 2017 edition of Inhorgenta.
It said the German market for watches and jewellery had slipped marginally in 2016, by 1.2 percent to 4.73 billion euros.
|Jewellery Outlook Editor David Brough with bloggers from Poland's Pica Pica, at Inhorgenta Munich 2017|
Stephan Lindner, president of the jewellers´group, said the slight decline was linked to weaker sales to tourists.
Lindner added that jewellers in Germany had increased turnover from sales of costlier items.
|Carla Faro Barros - Jewellery Design, at Inhorgenta Munich 2017|
Visitor numbers were buoyant as the trade show got under way, with the highest profile jewellery brands, such as Gellner and Crivelli, showcasing their latest pieces in Hall B1.
Highlights of Inhorgenta included a packed seminar programme, such as a presentation by Jeremy Abbett, former Creative Evangelist at Google, who was set to talk about the "Shop of the Future", and a talk by renowned gemstone expert Joanna Hardy.
Glamorous fine jewellery catwalk events were scheduled to kick off at 1730 GMT in Hall B1 on February 18.
Inhorgenta Munich runs until February 21, 2017.