"Be Sensitive To Festival Dates": WFDB

wfdb_logoAntwerp: The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) is calling on international trade fair organizers to “be sensitive to dates” when scheduling events so they don’t fall on religious festivals and thus prevent some industry members from taking part.

“The fast expanding number of trade shows and exhibitions held across the world has often been scheduled in such a way that it is problematical for individuals from various religious groups to participate due to the events taking place on religious days,” the WFDB said a statement.

“After being approached by the WFDB, some of the international trade fair organizers have taken these religious dates into consideration when scheduling these events and on behalf of our members we want to extend our thanks to these organizations.

“The Federation would like to call on all industry trade shows to please be sensitive to dates that might fall on religious days as this would exclude some individuals from participating in these events.

“During the recent 36th World Diamond Congress plans were put in place for the participation of members under the brand of the WFDB at the Bangkok jewelry show.

“Arrangements are also being finalized with shows such as JCK Las Vegas to enable members of the Federation to attend without having to rely on invitations from retailers or manufacturers as they are key players in the supply chain. The WFDB trusts that similar arrangements will be made with all major shows across the world.”