MIAMI BEACH, FL—CENTURION SOUTH BEACH reached more than 800 jewelry stores in attendance for 2019, supporting its more than 70 exhibiting designers, manufacturers and service companies this year at the Miami Beach Convention Center. There were steady meetings on the show floor and many exhibitors experienced healthy business, according to CENTURION’s president Howard Hauben.
For 2019, CENTURION SOUTH BEACH worked with JIS to ensure the airwall between the two shows was open for the entire four days of the show. There were four connected cross aisles between the shows, allowing buyers to walk through much more easily than in 2018.
CENTURION SOUTH BEACH also hosted some 60 jewelry stores, with housing packages based on commitments to meet with and purchase from the show’s exhibitors. “This has been a good investment for us,” added Hauben. “Our hosted stores have been very supportive of our exhibitors and this is much appreciated. We have also found that many stores we do not host are more and more making it their business to come and sit with CENTURION SOUTH BEACH exhibitors as part of their overall show experience. And some of them inevitably seek hosting opportunities as well.”
Pink Papaya, St. John, USVI, Wins $5,000
One of the exciting highlights of CENTURION SOUTH BEACH 2019 was an all-new drawing for $5,000 in purchasing credits with CENTURION SOUTH BEACH exhibitors. To participate, retailers needed to meet with and review the offerings of at least six (6) of the show’s exhibitors and turn in the exhibitor-initialed meeting sheets at the show’s registration desk to qualify. The retailers did not need to be present to win and the $5,000 could be spent with CENTURION SOUTH BEACH exhibitors after the show. Some 300 at-show meetings with CENTURION SOUTH BEACH exhibitors happened as a result of this effort.
The winner of the drawing on the final day of the show was retailer Pink Papaya of St. John, US Virgin Islands. Owner John Dickson, boarding a plane when he was called with the news, was extremely pleased and knew right away how the $5,000 would be spent. Please follow this link to watch the video of the $5,000 drawing.
Watch the CENTURION SOUTH BEACH web site at https://centurionsouthbeach.com/ for news on plans for the 2020 Fall Show. Click here to view Photos from Centurion South Beach 2019.