Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) 2021 has been rescheduled.

Tobacco Media Group (TMG) who runs the TPE Trade Show has confirmed that TPE21 is now scheduled for May 12th to May 14th, 2021. The previous dates had been January 29-31, 2021. TMG has said the change was made due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The location for TPE21 will not change as it will still be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. TMG has said the floor plan will not change.

In a press release Ben Stimpson, Managing Director of Tobacco Media Group commented, “A lot of work has already gone into the planning of a blockbuster TPE 2021, so when we were presented with the opportunity to move the show to May, we knew we needed to jump on it. It is our hope that the later timing allows the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 to improve and gets us well out of range of the traditional winter flu season. Plus, the warmer weather of May gives us more options to safely execute the business and networking aspects of the show. We are committed to producing a successful TPE 2021 for all of our Exhibitors and Attendees and feel confident that this new timing has everyone’s best interests in mind.”

Drew Estate, Glenn Wolfson added “Drew Estate has always been a big supporter of TPE and it has been gratifying to have witnessed the tradeshow’s increased quality and impact on the entire industry. While we certainly will miss not being able to participate in the trade show at the end of January, which is designed to help create a fast start for all industry stakeholders in the new year, the decision to defer the show to May was smart, and the right thing to do. TMG has really elevated the business opportunities available to retailers and manufacturers.” Wolfson added, “what is most gratifying is that TMG reached out to solicit the perspectives of more than 125 retailers and 50 exhibitors via telephone and Zoom video conversations and an email survey. Their interest in listening to the voices of so many industry participants about the design of the 2021 show is refreshing, and the decision to change dates this far ahead of the original dates, demonstrates TMG’s commitment to true collaboration with, and respect of, the needs of both retailers and manufacturers. Drew Estate will certainly be participating in TPE 2021.”

Assuming trade shows will resume in Las Vegas in 2021, the rescheduling of TPE will put it right up against the Premium Cigar Association Trade Show which opens July 10, 2021, at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.

As for TPE22, the show will return to the beginning of the year with that trade show scheduled for January 26-28, 2022.