Yes, we survived the crazy days along the AVN Expo and Internext in Las Vegas. The parties and events especially for the industry professionals were sumptuous. Free drinks not that unusual and networking opportunities were everywhere. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has two large bars where most people hang out. Looking for someone? The chances were high she or he is at one of these.
While the Internext was not so visible and mainly consisted of meet market events and seminars, the AVN Expo felt pretty alive. There were plenty of exhibitors and a huge number of fans and business people were attending. It already got pretty crowded on the first day. One reason could be, that most of the Internext tickets were also valid for entering the holy halls of boobs and butts.
A bit disturbing was the fact that everyone entering the AVN Expo had to pass metal detectors and their bags checked. This turned out to be quite annoying, in particular if one had to go in just to check something. It also caused quite some queues. If at least the checks were thorough...
Anyway, after finally getting inside the action, one could meet a huge number of adult performers and webcam girls. MyFreeCams and Chaturbate catched the eye with large installations of tables, where camgirls could be seen at work. Of course PG-13, we're not in Berlin. The large porn companies were on location too: Jules Jordan, Greg Lansky with Tushy, Vixen and Blacked as well as Evil Angel that celebrated its 30th anniversary.
The selection of services and products on display was quite broad and interesting. Of course there were novelties, lingerie, BDSM, pay sites and such. What stood out though was porn director Lee Roy Myers and his Woodrocket studio. He invited some well known comic book writers that presented their work and were available for signings.
On saturday, the last day of the show, traditionally the AVN Awards took place. Musical act was Cardi B that brought the house on fire. The biggest award winners were Axel Braun, Angela White and Kayden Kross.
Let's see where AVN will go next year as the rock'n'roll days of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino have come to an end. It will close and be refurbished during the next months, then reopen as Virgin Hotel. We all know, virginity and porn are a difficult match, or aren't they?