LAS VEGAS — Tobacco Plus Expo 2021 will offer a split format, holding virtual education sessions in the beginning of the year followed by an in-person event in May.
The switch comes on the heels of its organizer’s, Tobacco Media Group (TMG), decision to push back TPE 2021 to May 12-14, 2021. The event will still take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, as Convenience Store News previously reported.
“TPE 2021 has presented some planning challenges, to say the least, but our team is hard at work, looking for ways we can increase the show’s value for both attendees and exhibitors,” said Ben Stimpson, managing director of TMG, which is owned by Kretek International.
“By moving the educational sessions to Q1, we’re still able to help the industry start the year strong, armed with information to grow their businesses,” he added. “And we’re optimizing everyone’s time spent at TPE 2021 in May by giving people more time on the show floor to buy, sell, and network in person, which is really how business is best conducted.”
The show is also stepping up its collaboration with industry associations. TMG renewed its partnership with the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), which has hosted networking and educational sessions, as well as a presence on the expo floor at previous events.
“NATO and TMG’s relationship is a true industry partnership, with NATO educating and assisting TMG’s retail account base about FDA tobacco regulations, state tobacco legislation, and local ordinances, as