After facing backlash from manufacturers, retailers, and media about their proposed cigar convention next year, CigarCon, the PCA (formerly IPCPR) has cancelled the event, for next year at least. The association says they are still considering if for 2021. They have also created a sub-committee to focus on CigarCon in the hopes of planning it in the future.
“Our goal in announcing CigarCon at our 2019 trade show was to elicit feedback and have the conversations surrounding a consumer event,” said PCA President John Anderson. “We have been in active listening mode and have taken in all of the industry feedback and have really adjusted many of the logistics surrounding the event. With all of that in mind, and in consultation with our manufacturing partners, we ultimately came to the conclusion that setting the goal for 2021 was the optimal timeframe.”
PCA Executive Director, Scott Pearce, says, “We are embarking on a significant change to our committee structure to encourage more participation from our membership. By expanding committee participation to a number of non-board members we can ensure we are consistently delivering more value for our members,” said Pearce.
Scott Regina, chair of the PCA Trade Show Committee, also says, “While CigarCon is a part of our plans, we are hard at work on creating more new and exciting programs to enhance our annual convention and trade show. Adding new voices and fresh perspectives is going to be a welcome new component as we forge ahead,” Regina said.