Trade Show Preview

Tobacco industry professionals from Europe, the Former Soviet Republics, Baltic and Balkan countries, and the Near and Middle East have marked June 12 4, 2002, on their calendars. That's when the industry will descend upon Prague, to attend EuroTab 2002, the largest and most comprehensive showcase for tobacco products and accessories in Europe.

By Emerson Leonard

EuroTab has grown into the premier exhibition for all segments of the European tobacco industry, serving its entire network of tobacco wholesalers, distributors, importers, and retailers. If a product can be sold to the European tobacco consumer, then it will surely be found at the upcoming EuroTab trade fair, June 12-14, 2002 at Prumyslovy Palace, Prague, Czech Republic. Exhibiting suppliers will be certain to come in contact daily with buyers from the European retail and distribution segments of the tobacco industry.

EuroTab 2002 will build on the success of the first EuroTab exhibition and symposium, which was held in Amsterdam in 2000. The Amsterdam show attracted more than 125 exhibitors and 1,200 visitors, and now the Prague show will be even larger, with more than 150 exhibitors and 1,500 visitors expected.

"Golden Prague," so named for its square, gold-tipped Gothic towers, serves as an ideal link between Western and Eastern Europe. The city displays a beautiful mix of old and new cultures and is known for its long-held tolerance towards tobacco. Located in the heart of Europe, Prague is readily accessible by road, rail, and air, assuring a substantial turnout of several thousands.

Visitors to EuroTab represent the front line of the European tobacco industry. Tobacco wholesalers, importers, distributors, retailers, chain store managers, and buyers will be there to network, buy tobacco products and accessories, and gather information on developing trends. Exhibitors will cover the full range of product manufacturers and distributors - marketers of cigarettes, cigars, snuff, chewing tobacco, loose tobacco or pipe tobacco, also of ashtrays, lighters, RYO papers, humidors, cigar cases, pipes, and promotional items. There will also be an allied industry showcase for non-tobacco products, including food, beverages, confections, and other gift items.

Some of the highlights of EuroTab 2002's Symposium Schedule include "Do's and Dont's of Tobacco Distribution on a Country-to-Country Basis," and "How to Run a Successful Tobacco Retail Outlet."

The event is sponsored by Lockwood Publications, the oldest and most comprehensive tobacco-related publishing house in the U.S. The company - with its line up of Tobacco International, Distribution International, Tobacco Asia, Smoke, and Smokeshop magazines - covers virtually all aspects of the industry.

Robert Lockwood, president of Lockwood Publications, has expressed a great deal of enthusiasm about the upcoming event, the organization's eleventh exhibition. "EuroTab 2002 will be the first exclusively Pan-European retail and distribution show ever held," said Lockwood. "It has generated tremendous enthusiasm among both exhibitors and potential visitors, and the major European cigar manufacturers are enthusiastically anticipating and promoting the show and its concept."

For more information, contact:
Lockwood Publications, 26 Broadway, Floor 9M. New York, NY 10004.
E-mail: info@eurotab.com, Tel: (212) 391-2060, Fax: (212) 827-0945.
Or visit the official EUROTAB 2002 web page at www.eurotab.com.

SMOKESHOP - December/January, 2002