The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) will be staying in Las Vegas for its annual trade show and convention until 2020. And following this year, it is returning to a familiar place. Today the trade organization announced it is returning to the Sands Expo & Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas for its 2019 and 2020 conventions.
Scheduled to open on July 13th, 2018 IPCPR Trade Show and Convention will again be at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the same location as last year.
“We’re very excited to be going back to the Sands/Venetian. Having the event and people all housed together under one roof gives everyone a lot more in the way of networking opportunities,” said IPCPR Board Secretary and Trade Show Committee Chairman Scott Regina in a press release. “Attendees love it—they get amazing rates on luxury suites at a great property, with over 30 award-winning restaurants on site.”
The Sands Expo & Venetian Hotel has been a popular destination for the Trade Show. The 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2016 IPCPR Trade Show and Conventions were held there. The Trade Show was scheduled to remain at the Sands Expo & Venetian until at least this year. However, late in 2016, IPCPR announced the Sands had cancelled the events and as a result the Trade Show was moving to the Las Vegas Convention Center.
In the press release, IPCPR has said it allows the organization “to plan ahead, grow the event and evolve to meet its members’ needs as market and government policies change. The association has added more networking events and seminars to the convention schedule over the past few years, and the Sands Expo venue opens up additional opportunities for innovation and expansion.”
At the same time, the move to the Las Vegas Convention Center was not a popular one. Many were not happy with the “off the strip” location and the hotel selections offered in that area. The Sands Expo & Venetian was considered a more central location with better access to the Strip. When the Trade Show returns to the Sands Expo & Venetian, one big change attendees will see is the closing of the popular Laguna Champagne Bar located in the adjoining Palazzo Hotel.
The announcement of this move not only stabilizes the situation of where the Trade Show will be, but also allows manufacturers to plan to keep much of their booth setup in storage in Las Vegas if they choose.
Another big change is that the Trade Show will be starting in June for the 2019 and 2020 Trade Shows. The 87th IPCPR Convention and Trade Show will take place June 29 through July 2, 2019, while the 88th IPCPR Convention and Trade Show will take place June 27-30, 2020.