Cigar News: Tobacco Plus Expo Kicking off February 11

TPE 2019 is about to get into full swing starting February 11, 2019 in LAs Vegas, NV. TPE is the Tobacco Plus Expo, the largest B2B tobacco trade show. Held annually, with this being its 15th year, this trade show highlights a full-spectrum of tobacco, vapor, alternatives and general merchandise products available on the ever-evolving market.

This years show will run from February 11 -13 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and will bring together participants from all facets of the tobacco industry to offer a one-stop show for exhibiting, browsing, buying, networking, learning, and having a solidly good time. The number of attendees registered so far is double of that from 2018, so exhibitors in this market will particularly enjoy the increased attendance by tobacconists.

Hours of the show are:

  • Monday, Feb 11 (1:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
  • Tuesday, Feb 12 (10:30 AM – 5:00 PM)
  • Wednesday, Feb 13 (10:30 AM to 4:00 PM)

According to the Kretek International, owner of the Tobacco Media Group (TMG) the parent company of the TPE, this years event will have 30% more square footage than last year. It should also be noted that the National Association of Tobacco Outlets, Inc. (NATO), will be holding its Industry Outlook 2019 event on February 11, 2019 during the show. You can learn about NATO through their website – www.natocentral.org

Kretek International also notes:

The number of registered attendees from the premium tobacco industry is almost double last year’s numbers to date. Exhibitors in this market will particularly enjoy the increased attendance by tobacconists. And Attendees can use TPE 2019 to stay on the forefront of trend, learning from their peers, seeing what they’re bringing into their stores, and exchanging best practices.

This year the TPE will also use more technology to provide attendees a better browsing and interaction experience with the addition of a Product Showcase and a Mobile App.

Product Showcase

To help products stand out for both Exhibitors and Attendees, TPE 2019 is creating a Product Showcase located near the show’s registration area. Attendees can explore the section, scanning products they’re interested in to receive information on where to find the products. And Exhibitors will receive the list of hot leads who show interest in their products for follow-up after the show.

The TPE Mobile App

To make things as smooth as possible, TPE 2019 is offering a mobile app, which will have a wealth of information about the show, including hot product spotlights. For pre-show preparation, the mobile app can be downloaded now- just search “Tobacco Plus Expo” in Google Play or the Apple App store.

Work and Fun

What’s a trade show without the chance to have some fun?

  • Drew Estate will be hosting the inaugural West Coast Barn Smoker in the cigar lounge during all three days of the show.
  • The All-Industry Party on Tuesday, February 12 at 5pm on the show floor. Mix it up with industry friends and colleagues and enjoy tasty food, live music, and the 2 drink tickets on your badge!
  • The Davidoff Party on Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30pm at the Davidoff of Geneva Cigar Bar in the Fashion Show Mall. Enjoy fine company, rare cigars and cocktail specials until 9pm.

Ben Stimpson, Managing Director of TMG noted in a press release:

“We’re dedicated to putting on a trade show that adds value to the bottom line for our Exhibitors and Attendees. TPE has a long history, and we’ve designed this year’s show to make browsing, buying, and exhibiting easier and better than ever before. And we’re taking steps to make sure that it’s a lot of fun, too. We look forward to seeing you there!”

Attendee registration is $125.00 and you can signup for TPE 2019 by visiting www.tobaccoplusexpo.com. If you wish to reserve a booth you can also do that through the website or contact Dawn Conger, 850-228-3775.

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