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The industry gears up for the RTDA 72nd Annual Convention & International Trade Show, July 25 - 29, 2004 at the Sands Expo Center.

Staff Report

This year, the annual RTDA trade show returns to Las Vegas, one of America's most smoker-friendly cities. The 200,000 square-foot exhibition hall at the Sands Expo Center will be filled with more than 300 exhibitors in over 1,155 booths offering the hottest products, newest innovations, and best deals exclusively for show attendees.

Buyers will want to take advantage of the many "show-only" specials offered by the exhibitors only during the actual show days. Two informative seminars with noted speakers will focus on valuable information to help retailers stay informed and stay successful.

A full slate of social events gives retailers the chance to informally meet with fellow tobacconists, suppliers, and friends in the industry. Retailers also enjoy a complimentary lunch on the trade show floor every day, and at night are treated to lavish receptions hosted by industry suppliers.

This year, the RTDA is holding its first-ever golf outing with continental breakfast, shotgun start, lunch, and award ceremony at the renowned Tournament Players Course at The Canyons.

Hotel rooms have been blocked at The Venetian, which features all suite guest rooms at a special group rate. Members can register for the trade show and make their hotel reservations on-line at the RTDA website www.rtda.org. Hotel rooms can also be booked by calling the Venetian Hotel at 1-877-283-6423. Members must mention "Group RRTDA" for the special RTDA convention rate.

The Sands Expo Center is connected to The Venetian, the official RTDA hotel, and offers state-of-the-art convention space and amenities.

Special Events

Centurion Golf Outing
This first-time event is a fund-raiser sponsored by the Centurion Division of the RTDA to raise money for scholarships for RTDA members and their families. The setting is the famous Tournament Players Club at The Canyons, one of the most spectacular golf courses in the country, where the golf experience is naturally incorporated into the deep desert canyon washes. The event includes Continental breakfast, plus lunch and an awards ceremony following the tournament.

Dominican Cigar & Tobacco Seminar
Discover the complex world of Dominican tobacco from the Dominican Republic's top cigar makers. Presented by Henke Kelner and other ProCigar members.

Pipe Sales are Smoking! Seminar
Learn how you can build your pipe and tobacco business from a panel of experts from leading manufacturing companies and retail stores, along with other industry notables. Plus, the first 50 attendees to register at the seminar will be able to participate in a pipe smoking contest and will receive a fine briar pipe, courtesy of Cadogan and H.J Bailey Co. Tobacco will be provided by McClelland Tobacco Co.

Annual RTDA Kick-Off Party
Join fellow RTDA members poolside as the association kicks off the 72nd RTDA convention with food, drinks, and live entertainment. Renew old acquaintances and mingle with fellow retailers and exhibitors. All RTDA convention attendees are invited.

RTDA Annual Breakfast & Meeting A complimentary breakfast followed by remarks from Bill Fader, RTDA executive director; a message from RTDA president Linda Squires; and finally, keynote speaker Terry Bowden. Through 15 years and 111 victories, Bowden went from being America's youngest head college football coach to the National Coach of the Year, and is now a leading studio analyst for ABC sports in college football. Bowden draws upon his success in sports and broadcasting to demonstrate that with the proper attitude any goal can become a reality.

CAO Decadence in the Desert
All RTDA members are invited to this not-to-be-missed event at the ultra-hip Palms Casino Resorts' newest club, "Skins." Enjoy live music, food and drink, great cigars, and other undisclosed surprises.

Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas Spouse Trip
Shoppers won't want to miss this trip to The Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas, a true shopping mecca, located south of Las Vegas in Primm, Nevada. The Fashion outlets feature more than 100 shops and restaurants including Last Call from Neiman Marcus, Escada, Burberry, Versace, St. John Knits, Williams-Sonoma, and Tommy Bahama. Advance reservations are required; a $10 participation fee is payable at registration, limited seats available.

Altadis U.S.A. Retailer Appreciation Cocktail Reception
Retail members are invited to attend this lavish retailer appreciation cocktail reception hosted by Altadis U.S.A.

Daily Events

Davidoff's Avo Jazz Lounge
Monday, Tuesday & Wed., 5:00 p.m. 'till...
Enjoy the evening at the Avo Jazz Lounge, featuring cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

The Djarum Lounge
Open daily during trade show hours
Retail members are invited to catch their breath from the rigors of the Trade Show at the Djarum Lounge, complete with refreshments and snacks.

Nat Sherman Message Center
Open daily during trade show hours
For your convenience, Nat Sherman once again provides their Message Center, complete with complimentary telephones and message boards in the Exhibit Hall Lobby.

Schedule of Events
Sunday, July 25
	7:00 a.m.  -  6:00 p.m. 	Buses depart for the Centurion Golf Outing
	8:00 a.m.  -  6:00 p.m. 	Early Registration
	1:00 p.m.  -  2:30 p.m. 	Seminar: Dominican Cigars & Tobacco
	3:00 p.m.  -  4:30 p.m. 	Seminar: Pipe Sales Are Smoking
	7:00 p.m.  -  10:00 p.m. 	Annual RTDA Kick-Off Party for all RTDA 
					convention attendees
Monday, July 26
	8:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m. 	Registration
	8:00 a.m.  -  8:45 a.m. 	RTDA Breakfast for all RTDA members
	8:45 a.m.  -  9:45 a.m. 	RTDA Welcome & Guest Speaker
	9:45 a.m.  -  10:00 a.m. 	RTDA Annual Meeting
	10:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m. 	Trade Show Open
	11:30 a.m.  -  2:30 p.m. 	Free Lunch for Retail Members
	7:30 p.m.  -  Midnight 		CAO Decadence in the Dessert

Tuesday, July 27
	8:00 a.m.  -  4:00 p.m. 	Registration
	10:00 a.m.  -  4:00 p.m. 	The Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas Spouse Trip 
					(Ticket required)
	10:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m. 	Trade Show Open
	11:30 a.m.  -  2:30 p.m. 	Free Lunch for Retail Members
	6:30 p.m.  -  8:30 p.m. 	Altadis USA Retailer Appreciation Reception
					Retail members only
Wednesday, July 28
	8:00 a.m.  -  4:00 p.m. 	Registration
	10:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m. 	Trade Show Open
	11:30 a.m.  -  2:30 p.m. 	Free Lunch for Retail Members

Thursday, July 29
	8:00 a.m.  -  12:00 p.m. 	Registration
	9:00 a.m.  -  1:00 p.m. 	Trade Show Open
	11:30 a.m.  -  2:30 p.m. 	Free Lunch for Retail Members

The RTDA Annual Convention and International Trade Show is only open to members of the Retail Tobacco Dealers of Amercia. For more information, contact the RTDA.

Retail Tobacco Dealers of America, Inc., 12 Galloway Avenue, Suite 1-B Cockeysville, Maryland 21030, Tel: (410) 628-1674, Fax: (410) 628-1679, Email: info@rtda.org, Web: www.rtda.org.

SMOKESHOP - June, 2004