Conor Palmer, Commercial Director at Peterson, recently returned from the world’s biggest tobacco and smoking accessories trade show, the Inter-Tabac, in Dortmund, Germany. It was held this year from 19-21st of September at the Westfalen Halle.
Writes Conor, “The trade show in Dortmund was really incredible. Tom claims that it is growing year on year, and judging by the crowds I think he is right. The demand and reaction to Peterson and the products which we have is really incredible. The most common things we heard were “We don’t get enough of your pipes” and “We’d like to sell your pipes in our country”—both of which are very encouraging. We were very busy over three days and the sentiment was very positive.”
I asked him how it compared to his first experience at a trade show, our own IPCPR, The International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers, which held its 83rd show in Las Vegas back in late July (the 19th-23rd):
“Dortmund is indeed bigger than IPCPR and attracts a global audience. Despite all the impending legislation and talk of how the industry is going, it was remarkable to see the numbers that attended.”