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Gentlemens Club EXPO
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.
- A three-day conference and tradeshow for the adult nightclub (strip club) industry with more than 2,000 attendees
- Daily seminars with industry leaders addressing legal, marketing and security topics; alcohol sales; club sound, lighting and renovations; employee relations; new products; and more
- Two-day tradeshow with 100-plus booths
- Opening Night “Kick Off” Party and Pre-ED-Awards Presentations
- Closing Night Party
- Entertainer Showcases
- Adult Nightclub Awards Show, in a showroom theater
- “Chill Day” activities, including the EXPO Bikini Contest
- Membership meeting of the Association of Club Executives (ACE), the industry’s national lobbying organization
- Produced annually since 1993 by ED Publications, publishers of the industry’s only national, bimonthly business-to-businesss magazine (ED Magazine)
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.
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.
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 “Vanity” inside the Hard Rock Vegas, the “Light” nightclub inside Mandalay Bay, the “Ra” club inside Luxor and the Republic NOLA Nightclub in New Orleans. 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 2017, the newly renovated and expanded Spearmint Rhino Las Vegas, one of the most popular adult nightclubs in the world, hosted the Closing Night festivities including the EXPO’s “Global Showcase,” featuring entertainers from the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.