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Gentlemens Club EXPO
The Adult Nightclub Industry’s National Convention, Tradeshow & Awards.
Las Vegas is where the first Gentlemen’s Club EXPO was held in 1993. It’s the city that the EXPO called home 20 times out of the past 24 years. With the EXPO celebrating its Silver Anniversary in 2017, it makes all the sense in the world to bring it back “home,” to Sin City, for the 25th Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO.
The Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO (formerly called the Annual Gentlemen’s Club Owners EXPO) was established in 1993, and is celebrating its 25-year anniversary at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas August 27-30, 2017.
The EXPO, which was held for the very first time at the (now-defunct) Stardust Hotel & Casino, 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 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.
The EXPO has also become known for its evening events, and it all starts with the “Official Opening Night Party.” Over the course of the last two decades, the Opening Night Party was held in various venues including the “Light” nightclub inside Mandalay Bay, the “Ra” club inside Luxor and the Republic NOLA Nightclub, a rustic-yet-modern location in the New Orleans’ warehouse district and the Bourbon Street Pub Crawl (EXPO attendees moved from the Penthouse Club to the Hustler Club to Rick’s Cabaret to Babe’s Cabaret). Over the past few years, the Opening Night Party has also included the “Pre-ED’s” Award presentations, where several ED awards are presented ahead of the main show on Tuesday evening.
Other evening events include the “Closing Night Party” and other “unofficial” parties and after-parties throughout EXPO week. At previous EXPOs, the Closing Night Party has often included a feature entertainer showcase where some of the industry’s top feature entertainers perform at adult nightclubs in the convention’s host city. In 2016, the “Bourbon Street Bash” saw closing parties being thrown simultaneously at four locations: Hustler’s Barely Legal, Penthouse, Rick’s Cabaret and Babe’s Cabaret.