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Gem Show FAQ
- What does Visit Tucson do to support the Showcase?
- How many shows make up the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase?
- How many people attend the Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase?
- When is the Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase?
- Is the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show™ the same event as the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase?
- When and where is the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show™?
- How much does it cost to get in?
- Are dates set for future Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcases?
- How do I get a booth at the Gem Show?
- Where do I register for a wholesale show?
- Can I get into all of the shows?
- What can I buy?
- Can I get rocks, gems and/or minerals identified?
- What times do the shows run?
- Can I get something to eat at the show?
- What else can I do at the shows?
- How can I get temp work at one of the shows?
- How do I advertise in Gem Guide?
- How do I receive a Gem Guide by mail?
- How do I find a hotel room during the Showcase?
- I have a parking lot, warehouse, or storage facility that I'd like to rent out to a show. How do I go about doing that?
- How do I obtain proper permits or a tax ID number?
- How can I obtain a rental cash register?
- How can I obtain a debit card machine rental?
What does Visit Tucson do to support the Showcase?
- Convention Services is the City of Tucson's liaison to gem-show owners and promoters, and directly supports promotion of all shows through the Downtown Welcome Program, website listings, and technical assistance. This team is also responsible for collecting information on available accommodations just prior to and during the Showcase.
- Public Relations/Communications pitches local, regional, national and international media outlets for coverage of the event throughout the year. During the showcase, the PR Director provides timely statistics to local media, responds to media inquiries, creates editorial content, arranges interviews, and maintains event calendars.
- Marketing designs and produces collateral, signage, banners, maps, and the TGMFS Program Guide.
- The Webmaster develops and maintains TGMFS website pages at www.visitTucson.org.
- Visitor Information responds to show-related phone, website, and walk-in inquiries from visitors.
- Read Brent DeRaad and Richard Miranda's Gem Show guest columns on Arizona Daily Star's website.
Basic Pearls of Wisdom
Is the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show™ the same event as the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase?
No. The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show™ is the original feature show and combined with the smaller satellite shows, helps make up the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase.
- January 31-February 15, 2015
- January 30-February 14, 2016
- January 28-February 12, 2017
With Fall Shows:
- September 4-September 7, 2014
- September 10-September 13, 2015
- September 8-September 11, 2016
- September 7-September 10, 2017
The Treasure Hunt
How do I get a booth at the Gem Show?
Each show sells their own booth space. You must contact those running each show for space availability and costs.
Where do I register for a wholesale show?
You can register at the show itself. However, some of the larger wholesale only shows, like the AGTA GemFair, JOGS, and G&LW Holidome, offer online registration through their websites.
What can I buy?
You can find everything from rare diamonds to boxes made of petrified wood. Dealers specialize in loose stones, jewelry, African art, beads, polished stones, minerals, fossils and gifts. Check the listings at the Gem Show main page for more information.
What else can I do at the shows?
The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show™ has unique museum-quality exhibits that change each year. Most of the shows feature a unique item on display, such as the world's largest meteorite or a five-foot tall geode. The shows also provide a great way to meet and network with people from around the world.
How can I get temp work at one of the shows?
Many shows hire their own staff, so you may wish to contact the shows individually through our listings page or call Adecco Employment Services at 520-748-9041.
I have a parking lot, warehouse, or storage facility that I'd like to rent out to a show. How do I go about doing that?
While we do have one or two new shows and/or shows that relocate each year, they secure their properties via many different channels. We generally refer shows seeking venue space to our partners and encourage everyone to contact the show owners and promoters directly using the information here.
How do I advertise in Gem Guide?
The Official Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase Program Guide and Map are published by Madden Media and Visit Tucson in January of each year, just in time for distribution at shows. Our advertising opportunities are extremely limited, with priority going to prior advertisers as well as the shows themselves.
There are other guides to the Showcase that may still have advertising opportunities available, including Colored Stone (email@example.com), Metaphysical Guide Magazine (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Tucson E-Z Guide (email@example.com).
How do I receive a Gem Guide by mail?
The guides are produced so close to the time of the Showcase opening that they are not available via U.S. Mail. However, a PDF version of the MTCVB guide is posted at our main show page as soon as it is finalized in January.
How do I find a hotel room during the Showcase?
If you are seeking accommodations for fewer than 10 room nights, please call Visit Tucson Visitor Information Services at 1-800-638-8350. Our team stays on top of where the available hotel rooms are--for your convenience! If you require more than ten room nights, please contact our Sales Team at 520-770-2139.
How do I obtain proper permits or a tax ID number?
Please refer to the City of Tucson's business information page. Or you may call the City of Tucson information line to be directed to the proper department. The number is 520-791-4566.
How can I obtain a debit card machine rental?
Vendors should consult with their current financial institutions, as they can provide them with a seamless process and proper equipment that connects with their banking network. If a vendor chooses to use a local supplier, they can contact Bank of Tucson, ask for Cathy and she can put them in touch with their provider. Cathy's number is 520-321-4500.