First big tradeshow of the year delivers on results and fun.
With attendance up almost 50% over last year’s numbers, the Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) 2019 gave the tobacco industry an exceptional start to the new year. All facets of the business came together for the tradeshow in Las Vegas which ran in a new, 3-day format from February 11 to February 13, 2019. TPE has enjoyed tremendous growth since coming under the arm of the Tobacco Media Group (TMG) in 2016. This year’s show featured more brands, floor space, parties, education, entertainment, and products than ever before, offering everyone in the Convention Center a well-rounded look at the industry, and an opportunity to start the year off on a path to profit.
“We can come to TPE and do the same amount of business in three days, that would take three months of driving around the country to do,” says Kevin Scoot of Vapmor. “TPE is a phenomenal show for us.”
One of the many benefits of TPE is its one-stop-shop nature, with so many vetted vendors under one roof. Everyone walking the show floor got to experience a breadth of products from all areas of the tobacco and alternative markets- especially in up-and-coming categories like CBD, a lucrative new profit center.
Says Nicholas Douglas of the Party Source, “I came to TPE to see what’s new in the industry. I am definitely curious about all the CBD products, and I want to take advantage of all the great deals.”
About 4600 people attended TPE 2019 in all, perusing (or working at) 300 booths throughout the show floor. Exhibitors staked out larger spaces this year, enabling a larger showing of products for buyers to browse.
“TPE is a great show for us,” says Trapper Shaputis of Aqua Glass Works. “A lot of retailers are here, and a lot of big buyers, too.”
TPE 2019 also offered attendees entrance to the adjacent Glass.Vegas show expanding their buying opportunities and travel budgets even further. Networking opportunities were also in full force, with educational panels hosted by industry experts and NATO representatives, parties, and booth events.
“TPE is one of the best shows we do,” says Sohail Mitha from Just CBD. “Every year, we exhibit at 14-16 shows, and this one stands out from the rest. The buyers that come are really serious about their purchases. It’s a quality show.”
“With this year’s growth and the incredible feedback that we are receiving about TPE 2019, we definitely feel that we’ve accomplished all we had hoped for this year’s show,” says Dawn Conger, TPE Sales Manager. “We’re pleased that the industry seems to have taken note about what we’re trying to do here at TPE, and are willing to give it their all, too. We’re bringing together the best of the best for a good, fun, profitable show that sets everyone up for a successful year. Just wait until 2020- we’re going to kill it even more!”
Planning for TPE 2020 is already underway. The event will be held Jan 29 – Jan 31, 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 25% of the show floor is already booked, so if you know you’re planning to exhibit, we recommend reserving space early to secure the best locations.
“Every year, it’s crazy to see the level of growth at TPE and Tobacco Business,” says Sam Morales from Cheddar Alchemy. “If you were on the fence about attending the show, you should seriously stop messing around. The show floor is a way more personal venue for attendees, and the date of the show for the category is fantastic for retailers.”
For more information about TPE 2020, or to book your booth space, please visit www.tobaccoplusexpo.com.
Under the banner of Tobacco Media Group (TMG) and its Tobacco Business Magazine, (both owned by Kretek International), Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) is the largest B2B tobacco trade show highlighting the full-spectrum of tobacco, vapor, alternatives and general merchandise products available on the ever-evolving market. TPE 2019 is planning to deliver the industry’s most compelling content, products, and information, and will be held February 11-February 13, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. To learn more about the show, please visit the website: www.tobaccoplusexpo.com.
Now in its 16th year, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets, Inc. (NATO) is a national trade association organized to strengthen the business interests of all tobacco retailers on a collaborative and individual basis. Headquartered in Minneapolis, it assists its members throughout the country to respond to and stay atop the pulse of tobacco-related legislation on the local, state and federal levels. NATO will be holding its Industry Outlook 2019 event on February 11, 2019. To learn more about NATO, please visit the website: www.natocentral.org.