June 6, 2003
ICA Postpones East African Tour
The International Colored Gemstone Association, New York City, postponed a planned gem tour to Tanzania following U.S. Department of State warnings regarding travel in East Africa, particularly Kenya and Tanzania. The tour was to visit several gemstone producing areas of the country, including Morogoro and Merelani, which respectively produce the popular gems ruby and tanzanite.
New dates for the tour are yet to be determined. "Unfortunately, it is with great regret that ICA has decided to postpone this tour," says Joseph Menzie, ICA president. "This difficult decision was made because the threat of a new wave of international terrorism, in conjunction with increased terrorist activity in areas heretofore untouched, have combined to make international travel far less attractive than it was just a matter of months ago."
ICA says it will announce new dates for the African tour as soon as it can. Meanwhile, a tour to gem-rich areas in Brazil, Aug. 16-24, 2003, also coordinated by ICA, is continuing as planned. For more information about the tours, call ICA offices at (212) 620-0900.
by Robert Weldon, G.G.