The Adult Nightclub Industry's National Convention, Tradeshow & Awards Hard Rock Casino • Las Vegas • August 19-22 2018
The Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO was established in 1993, and will be held in 2018 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, August 19-22. The EXPO, which was held for the very first time at the Stardust Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, remains the ONLY national convention and awards show for the multi-billion-dollar adult nightclub industry. The EXPO is a three-day, three-night event featuring a full slate of workshops and panel sessions; the Annual Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards Show (The ED’s Awards), the only national awards show for this industry; a Tradeshow showcasing companies with products and services available to club owners and operators; nightly parties and feature entertainer showcases; the EXPO “Chill Day” festivities; and a national board meeting for ACE (the Association of Club Executives) that’s open to the entire industry.
ABOUT THE EXPO TRADESHOW
The EXPO Tradehow features companies that provide products and services that can be utilized by adult club owners and operators, club staff, DJs and feature entertainers. These include everything from carpet to sound & lighting, from credit card processing to digital media marketing, from major liquor companies to food service vendors, from dancewear to server/waitress uniforms and many, many more. The EXPO Tradeshow is open for two consecutive days, and there are no EXPO events that happen at the same time as the Tradeshow. In 2018, the EXPO Tradeshow hours are Monday, August 20th from 2-6 pm and Tuesday, August 21st from 1-5 pm. Click here to go to the Exhibitor page
ABOUT THE ANNUAL ED’s AWARDS SHOW
The Annual ED’s Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards show was established in 1998, and is still the only national (and now, international) Awards Show for the multi-billion-dollar adult club industry. Awards are presented to clubs across the country in four regions (East, South, Central and West), as well as the top national awards for "Overall Gentlemen's Club of the Year" and "Club Chain of the Year." Awards are also presented to feature entertainers in four categories (Overall Feature Entertainer of the Year, Newcomer Entertainer of the Year, Club Favorite Entertainer of the Year and Adult Movie Entertainer of the Year), and the show includes live performances by the four ED's Entertainer of the Year nominees. There is also an ED (Exotic Dancer) Hall of Fame Award presented each year, as club owners, club executives, industry professionals and entertainers have been "inducted" over the past two decades. NEW: In 2015, the “International Club of the Year” Award was introduced, with nominees that included clubs from the U.K., France, Russia and Australia; in 2016, the "Urban Club of the Year" Award was introduced, honoring the top "urban" clubs nationally. And in 2017, the "International Showgirl of the Year" Award was presented for the very first time. Click here to go to the Awards Show page
ABOUT THE SEMINARS AND PANEL SESSIONS
Since the EXPO’s inception, seminars and panel sessions have been a prime attraction for the convention. Guest speakers and industry professionals offer their advice on a variety of topics that are of interest to club owners, club operators, club staff and feature entertainers. Among the topics that are addressed include legal trends and impactful court decisions (including U.S. Supreme Court cases), marketing tips, motivational ideas, staff training, attracting and keeping quality entertainers, bartender theft, feature entertainer bookings, bachelor parties, proper club management, DJ seminars, food service, security training and much more. Click here to go to the Panels & Seminars page
ABOUT THE EXPO “CHILL DAY”
In 2014, the EXPO format was changed to feature a “chill day” on the final day of the convention (Wednesday). Directly following the morning panel sessions, attendees are treated to an afternoon of fun and relaxation. In 2014, the Chill Day Pool Party and Bikini Contest was held at the Lagoon Pool at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, while in 2015, attendees set sail on New Orleans' Creole Queen for an afternoon cruise of the Mississippi featuring a complimentary cajun buffet. The $10,000 EXPO Bikini Contest, held at Hard Rock Vegas' world-famous "Rehab" pool, was a huge hit at EXPO 2017, and this bikini contest will return to the Rehab pool in 2018. Click here to go to the Parties & Events page
ABOUT THE ACE NATIONAL BOARD MEETING
ACE, the Association of Club Executives, holds three annual board meetings each year. The National Board Meeting they host at EXPO, however, is the only board meeting that is open to anyone from the industry to attend. The ACE National Board meeting will be held at EXPO 2018 on Sunday, August 19th (location/time TBA), which will be followed immediately thereafter by the ACE National Reception.
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