Earlier this year I wrote a post about IPCPR and the changes that had been put into place for Media Members called “If We Don’t Go…They Win”. And our complete coverage of the 2012 IPCPR show is something I’m very proud of and is one of the things that I think we did an awesome job on especially our Blogger Question video. News from IPCPR hit my inbox this morning pertaining to the 2013 Trade Show taking place in Las Vegas:
In an effort to raise funds for our continued and ever more expensive legislative battles, the IPCPR Board Trade Show Committee is planning two events to take place at the 2013 annual trade show in Las Vegas.
The first event under consideration is a Consumer Day that will take place on the last half-day of the show.
The goal of the event is to generate $100,000 for our legislative battles Each ticket will include a pre-packaged assortment of select cigars purchased by the IPCPR from volunteer manufacturers, as well as a chance to walk the trade show floor to meet and interface with the individuals behind the brands in the industry. This event will be limited to the first 500 consumers who purchase tickets (ticket price TBD based on cigar selections & cost)
The second event under consideration is a Roast. This will be an elaborate event featuring:
A celebrity comedian as the host, a panel of well-known industry “roasters,” and a carefully selected “roastee” Tickets for the Roast will cost $ (TBD based on catering selections) and will include entry to the event, heavy hors d’ oeuvres and an open bar Tables and sponsorship opportunities will be available for purchase The roast will be open to the consumers who attended the consumer day as well as the industry and will make for a lighthearted conclusion to a busy week of work.
Naturally, some of us in the cigar blogging circle have started debating this which has led to many asking me, what do I think of this? Before this e-mail, I had some inclination of what was in the works. At a cigar event I covered in September, a couple manufacturers at the event asked me what I thought of the idea of opening the trade show up to consumers? I had my concerns like what would consumers get out of it, how it would it affect media members, etc,. Looking over the e-mail, I like the Consumer Day idea.
If you’ve ever been to IPCPR, you will know, not much happens on that last halfday. Most manufacturers look endlessly at the clock dreading having to pack. Retailers have spent all their money and are usually at the pool. Media members, for the most part, are done covering the show. I know for Stogie Review, most of us are usually home, making amends with our wives for being gone, editing pictures and video by the time the last day rolls around. Doing the math, IPCPR wants to raise $100k and limit consumer attendance to 500. So that would mean, $200 per person to attend Consumer Day?
I’ve been told that Consumer Day will have no effect on Media Members (bloggers). It has the support of manufacturers and retailers. Money from Consumer Day events will go towards funding the legislative agenda of IPCPR. So why not? I’d like to see Cigar Rights of America be involved in Consumer Day which I’m pretty sure by the time all the ‘i’s’ are dotted and the ‘t’s’ crossed, they will be. So yeah, speaking just for myself at Stogie Review, why not? It may even have me stay longer to enjoy Consumer Day. My advice to any who decide to give Consumer Day a go…wear comfy shoes…preferably crocs.