LALEXPO is an important show for the latin american adult market, actually they claim to be the only one for the region. It takes place in Cartagena, Colombia and should have started this week. Unfortunately it was shut down by the authorities before it even officially started, apparently due to public protests and political pressure. Colombian news outlets reported about the show for quite some time and influenced public opinion.
Trade visitors from the whole world were quite surprised as they met Police at the venue and been told to leave. At least the side activities are still going on so for B2B folks there are still plenty of opportunities to network and do some business.
The reasons for the shutdown are not completely clear however but attendants believe the government just wants the adult business out of the city. And for sure the religious parties have contributed their part in that decision.
Yes, we can say it’s still the highlight in January, the AVN show in Las Vegas including the AVN Awards. As like in the recent years, the show took place in the Hard Rock Hotel in Sin City. A quite intimate location where it’s easy to meet people even without setting appointments. Again in the big show hall there were many cam girls and porn starlets lined up and ready to get close with the fans. As always, it was a feast for the fans. Basically–as a porn girl–if you’re not at the AVN you don’t exist.
There were two ballroom halls just around the corner, one was more focused on porn, the other on novelties. There was also a separate B2B novelty hall a bit off the main area. Yeah, novelties are the big thing, as well as VR. Several companies presented their VR sites and movies.
Was the AVN busy? Yes it was. It felt it was more busy than the previous one or two years. The companies started to arrange themselves, those in declining markets adjusted their businesses or added new markets. Others, mainly in the online field, kept on expanding. Porn is alive.
Happy New Year everybody!
As usual, the year starts with two big events in the US, first the XBIZ then the legendary AVN Expo and Award Show in Las Vegas. Not to forget as well the Internext, which is leading the regular AVN show and is the place to go for all webmasters.
The XBIZ show is held in the Andaz Hotel in Hollywood, a high end venue, perfect for networking and to learn about the latest online trends. Lots of activities are waiting for all attendees, including semiars, workshops and so party time.
Just a few days later, on the 14th of Jan, it’s time to be in Las Vegas to check out what the Internext webmaster show has to offer. It’s going to be in the Hard Rock Hotel, the same place where the AVN show will kick off on the 18th. It consists of several parts, the ANE Adult Novelty Expo, a business only expo, the regular fan area and not to forget, the AVN Awards on the 21st. Of course all the big brands and pornstars will be there.
Pack your suitcases for some exciting days. Safe travels.