TPE 2018 is the must-attend event for the tobacco and tobacco, vapor, alternative and accessories industry. It’s a standout show that brings the industry together in an enjoyable atmosphere, and this year promises to be even better than last year. Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 31 – February 1, 2018, TPE is strategically positioned at the beginning of the year, to help retailers restock their stores after the holidays.
TPE connects thousands of attendees with exhibitors from the tobacco, vapor, and alternative categories. This year’s show will feature seminars by industry icons, like Jonathan Drew, Co-Founder and President of Drew Estate and Tyler Goldman, CEO of PAX, increased marketing efforts to fully support its exhibitors, an expanded premium cigar and pipe pavilion, entertaining networking opportunities, and an amplified attendance of product-hungry buyers. Also new this year, TPE has even moved the official show lodging to the SLS Hotel, to inject the show with an added jolt of energy and entertainment. TPE 2018 will be a fun place for serious business.
“We’re stepping up our game again this year,” says Jason Carignan, CMO of Kretek International, Inc. “We received such great feedback from our 2017 attendees, which we’ve incorporated into the plans for this year. We are aiming to make TPE more than just another industry tradeshow. It’s going to be THE tradeshow to attend. THE best place to show products and find buyers. THE best place to network and learn about the latest updates in legislation. And THE best people to work with. TPE features product from all tobacco-related categories- cigars, pipes, vaping, and alternative accessories, but this year, it has a renewed focus on the premium cigar and pipe tobacco industry, and we’re dedicating extra resource to our buyers and sellers in that space.”
“TPE once again was a huge success for us. It all starts with their excellent staff working behind the scenes putting this together each year,” says Jeff Martin, General Manager of Rouseco, Inc.
TPE 2018 will once again feature informational opportunities at the show, lining up leading experts to speak about top-of-mind subjects affecting business and growth in the tobacco and tobacco-related accessories industry. Already scheduled for Day 1 are panels on “Pathways to Growth,” with speakers like Rob Norris, General Manager of Altadis and Kelly Michols, President of the Scandanavian Tobacco Group- Lane USA, and “Winning in a New Tobacco World” featuring Terry Gallagher, President of Smoker Friendly International, LLC, and Jeff Borysiewicz, Owner of the Corona Cigar Company. Day 2 will focus on legislative issues, with speakers like Tom Briant of NATO and Craig Williamson, President of CAA. For the vape and alternative attendees there will be a panel on “Vapor: A Survivor’s Game,” with speakers like Jacopo D’Alessandris, President of E-Alternative Solutions and Jan Verleur, CEO of VMR.
One of the new perks for TPE 2018 exhibitors are the marketing efforts being offered before, during, and after the show. TPE aims to drive attendance by highlighting companies, products, and deals appearing at the show, giving buyers reasons to attend with promotions they just can’t miss. And to help exhibitors stand out during the show, TPE has developed marketing and sponsorship opportunities available for every level of exhibitor, including a Product Spotlight, with items merchandised to inspire buyers to bring the goods into their stores.
“This year, we’ll also be giving our exhibitors an enhanced experience, really integrating the TPE show within the pages of Tobacco Business Magazine and on its website,” says Ben Stimpson, Managing Director of Tobacco Media Group (TMG). “We’ll be offering additional visibility to help drive traffic to exhibitor booths, and ultimately helping to drive sales as well. The pre-and post-show coverage will be an amazing benefit that’s truly unique to TPE.”
Early Bird specials are being offered through the end of September 2017 to exhibitors looking to secure a prime space and start receiving the benefits of TPE marketing. For more information about exhibiting at TPE 2018, or attending, please visit tobaccoplusexpo.com.