The dates and location for the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association IPCPR 2017 have been changed unexpectedly. IPCPR 2017 will now be held July 10-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The IPCPR said the change was brought on by the Sands/Venetian cancelling the IPCPR’s booking. According to Mark Pursell, ceo of IPCPR, there have been issues with smoking in meeting rooms and other places that were designated as non-smoking which had been a bit of an on-going rift between the two entities, though it didn’t seem to him to be enough of an issue to result in a cancellation. The organization has worked to corral smoking to designated areas in recent years through signage and reminders to attendees.
“While this change has challenged IPCPR staff to relocate our show, we are very pleased to find a new home at the Las Vegas Convention Center so close to our original dates,” said Craig Cass, IPCPR president.
It is possible a much larger group came in seeking to bring more people to the venue, and the Sands opted to go with that other group. The Sands has hosted every Las Vegas IPCPR since the organization changed the name from RTDA to IPCPR. This included the 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016 shows.
The change also moves the event from a Saturday to Wednesday schedule to a Monday through Friday. Because the show floor is not open until the second day of the trade show, this means the show will now open on a Tuesday as opposed to a Sunday—something that is likely a welcome change for many manufacturers, though Pursell noted that surveys among IPCPR members have not shown a strong preference for a particular layout when it comes to the days of the week that the gathering is held.
“Certainly, we had to scramble to relocate on such short notice,” said Pursell. “The good news is that we secured great dates and the Las Vegas Convention Center provides the show with all the square footage we need to include exhibits, the lunchtime learning theater and the food court on the show floor. Additionally, the LVCC offers exhibitors a much easier and faster load-in and loud-out than the Sands.”
The schedule of events will remain the same, with Monday, July 10 as the seminar day for retailers and manufacturers, and the trade show floor open Tuesday through Friday, July 11-14 in the north halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The downside to the move is the loss of a all in one venue. At the Sands / Venetian / Palazzo complex convention attendees never had to leave the complex for any events, dinners etc. The Las Vegas Convention Center while close to the Westgate hotel and Monorail will not be nearly as convenient. The advantage though may be the ability to negotiate better hotel rates.
“Now that the hotel room block is de-coupled from the trade show floor, we think we can negotiate lower room rates for our members than we have been able to secure in the past in Las Vegas,” said Scott Regina, chair of the membership & trade show committee added, “We look forward to announcing these properties soon.” The Westgate Las Vegas on average is significantly less expensive per night for rooms compared to the Venetian.
The IPCPR will be communicating directly with exhibitors with regards to booth locations and show logistics, adding that is is making every effort to retain the show floor’s layout.
Registration for the event, which is limited to those woking in the cigar industry, will begin in March. It is not open to the general public. Similar smoking rules will apply as in the past shows. As of today the 2018 IPCPR is scheduled for the Sands Expo Center.