The Premium Cigar Association, the organization formerly known as the IPCPR, says that the attendance at its recent 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show was essentially the same as last year.

It has announced the following attendance numbers:

  • Number of Retail Accounts Represented — 771
  • Number of Retail Badges — 2,085
  • Number of Stores Represesented — 2,017
  • Number of Manufacturers Represented — 233
  • Number of Manufacturer Badges — 3,043
  • Total Attendees — 5,462

The key numbers—retail accounts and retail badges—are essentially the same as last year when they were 778 (.9 percent decrease) and 2,054 (.14 percent increase) respectively.

YearStoresBadges
20148271,914
20157451,896
20168772,314
20177521,920
20187782,054
20197712,085
20215831,440
20227072,036
20238092,155

Like most years, many manufacturers complained about what they perceived as declining attendance at the trade show, which they blamed on the trade show being held June 29-July 2, right before the July 4th holiday.

Unlike some trade shows, the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show does not scan badges for attendance meaning the numbers above are based on the numbers of badges that were printed or registered not any indication of who actually set foot onto the trade show floor.

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Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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