IPCPR Trade Show Heading to New Orleans in 2015


It’s now official. The IPCPR Convention and Trade Show will be moving from Sin City to The Big Easy next year for IPCPR 2015.

Finnie Helmuth, President of the IPCPR Board of Directors, said that “we just signed a contract for 2015 with New Orleans and are still working out a lot of the details.” The announcement marks the first time that the event has been in New Orleans since 2010. It was also held there in 2009.


Since then, Las Vegas has seemed to become the preferred site in recent years, having hosted it in 2011, 2013 and 2014, with Orlando playing host in 2012. While Las Vegas earns points for being friendly to cigar smokers and having an abundance of dining and entertainment options that don’t require much travel, there have been concerns expressed about the costs of hosting the show in Las Vegas, partially attributable to labor as well as the significant prices for hotel rooms, meals and entertainment.

Helmuth said that the IPCPR has begun looking at sites for 2016 and beyond, and hopes to have more information to report at this year’s trade show, being held July 19 – 23 in Las Vegas.

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