The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another important tobacco industry event–the 2020 Premium Cigar Association (PCA) trade show. The cancellation of the 2020 trade show and convention was announced by Cigar Aficionado earlier this afternoon after much speculation.
PCA 2020, formerly known as the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) trade show, was scheduled to take place July 10-14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Sands Expo Center. Up until today’s announcement, the PCA was adamant that the trade show was going to go on as scheduled, but the ongoing complications introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic had many doubting this would happen. Las Vegas, like many cities across the globe, has been severely impacted by the spread of the coronavirus, forcing Las Vegas and many of its businesses including hotels, restaurants and venues, to close. Though the city is looking at reopening well before the July timeframe, the question of what Las Vegas would look like in the post COVID-19 era remained a big question. From limiting the number of people in elevators to possibly banning smoking, limiting gatherings to 250 people or fewer and limiting the occupancy of restaurants, for the foreseeable future, Las Vegas does not appear to be the ideal setting for a trade show the size of PCA 2020.