Contact: Jessica Stephens, PR Director | Visit Tucson | firstname.lastname@example.org | 520-624-1817
An estimated 55,000 people will explore the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase, or "gem show", in Tucson, February 1-16, 2014.
A main event is the Tucson Gem and Mineral ShowTM -- the very first "gem show," presented by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society since 1954 -- which in 2014 will celebrate its 60th anniversary at the Tucson Convention Center, downtown, over the event's final weekend, February 13-16, 2014.
To coordinate all aspects of this multifaceted annual event, Visit Tucson continuously collaborates and communicates with the City of Tucson and ParkWise, Pima County and the State of Arizona. Visit Tucson is the only entity that participates in every aspect of Tucson's famed "gem show" and is the repository for all related information.
Here are some important facts to consider for inclusion in news reports:
- The 2014 "gem show" comprises 41 shows taking place at the same time in temporary tents, exhibit halls, and at hotels and resorts around town.
- Most of the gem and mineral shows around Tucson are free and open to the public, and hours vary. There are a few "wholesale only" shows that require a badge and tax-exempt number for admission, but these are noted in the show listings on tucsongemshow.org.
- Details, including show listings, hours of operation, parking locations and transportation options can be found on tucsongemshow.org.
- Information about the free GemRide shuttle service, which offers 26 stops connecting to 36 shows in the Downtown and Midtown areas and six City of Tucson parking garages and lots in the downtown area, can be accessed on gemride.com.
- Bookmark the mobile friendly site (tucsongemshow.org) for up-to-date show listings, parking and transportation information, and shuttle routes. Simply open the link on any smartphone and "save to your homescreen" for one-touch access to the "gem show" online.
- Follow the Gem Show on Twitter @TucsonGems or use hashtag #TucsonGemShow or on Pinterest at TucsonGems.
- Fast, Easy Way to Tour Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase. New Bead Loop connects six bead shows. Park, dine and ride with this shuttle. Details
New Bead Loop
- The City of Tucson, with the support of Pima County, has expanded the free GemRide shuttle service beyond the Downtown area, with the new Bead Loop route, which connects six bead shows around Tucson, South Tucson, and unincorporated Pima County). Also new is a Tucson Convention Center Express shuttle, which connects convenient parking just off I-10 and Congress Street with the Tucson Convention Center. See the GemRide website/brochure for shuttle details.
- Parking is available at six City of Tucson parking garages and lots in Downtown Tucson. Three main GemRide shuttle routes converge at the Downtown West Shuttle/Parking Hub, also the site of the event's Concierge Tent, at Cushing Street and Linda Avenue, near Congress St. and I-10 frontage road (West side); open daily 7 a.m.-8p.m.
- Daily fee for most lots (public and private) is, on average, $5 per day or $1 per hour.
- For more parking information, call ParkWise, at 1-520-791-5071, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- The Tucson Modern Streetcar website has information about Sun Link, coming in late 2014.
Gem Show Guides
- When visiting gem shows, look for information racks containing the following free information from Visit Tucson and its partners: Official Gem Guide, the Visit Tucson Official Travel Guide, the Uniquely Tucson Destination Downtown guide, and GemRide shuttle maps.
Visit Tucson distributes the only official guide to the Tucson Gem Mineral & Fossil Showcase. Information is
all-inclusive, accurate, and continuously updated online at tucsongemshow.org.
A PDF of the Official Gem Guide is available for download on tucsongemshow.org.
- The printed gem show guide is available at all show locations, the Tucson Visitor Center, Tucson International Airport, Tucson Convention Center, select City of Tucson offices such as ParkWise, and from the concierge at area hotels.
Gem Show Hotline
- Visit Tucson will host the Gem Show Hotline, 1-520-622-GEMS (4367) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday, February 1-16, 2014. Outside of these hours, the line will roll over to the City of Tucson's non-emergency 911 number. This means visitors will be able to reach a representative for assistance any time of day.
- For personal assistance, the Tucson Visitor Center, in La Placita Village, is open seven days a week, at 110 S. Church Ave., Ste. 7199, Tucson, AZ 85701. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- The Visit Tucson Welcome Program, featuring nearly 300 businesses across the metro area, includes identifying window clings, information tables and special offers by select merchants and Visit Tucson partners. To check eligibility or participate in this program, contact Jane Roxbury, 520-624-1817.
Economic Impact and Facts
- The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase attracts tens of thousands of buyers, collectors, dealers, curators and guests for the premier event of its kind in the world.
- Dozens of shows at various locations and venues throughout metropolitan Tucson make up the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase.
- Centerpieces of the showcase include the American Gem Trade Association's (AGTA) wholesale-only AGTA GemFair Tucson, at Tucson Convention Center, and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society's (TGMS) public show (the show that started it all in 1954), also at Tucson Convention Center.
- Other shows take place in hotels, conference centers, and temporary tents, from one end of town to another.
Future Dates: January
31-February 15, 2015
Estimated attendance: 55,000
Estimated economic impact: $100 million* (*Read the 2007 Economic Impact Report)