The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) has announced the attendance numbers from this year’s convention and trade show, and they’re up, at least from last year.

“This year we saw increased attendance overall by 3.3 percent, with retailer badges up 6.6 percent,” the organization wrote on Tuesday afternoon, calling it “a turn of good news” just a few hours after the show floor closed. The overall attendance was 5,328 people over the five day event, which includes retailers, manufacturers, media, guests, brokers, suppliers, and other invited guests. Of that number, a total of 2,054 retailer badges were issued, which represents 778 retailer companies and 1,742 total stores.

While it doesn’t return the organization to the mark set in 2016, it is an increase from 2017’s show.


Now the attention turns to the 87th Annual IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, which runs from June 29-July 2, 2019 and will be held at the Sands Expo, located in between the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas, Nev. While many are excited about the move back to the facility that the trade show called home for several years, some have expressed concerns about the show’s proximity to the July 4th holiday.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2018 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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