InterTabac 2019 Delights 13,800 Trade Visitors
InterTabac continues to be successful in 2019 thanks to improved services, a new accompanying programme and a modernised look. Furthermore, the world’s largest trade fair for tobacco products and smoking accessories has set a new visitor record with 13,800 guests this year. “The very pleasing result shows that we positioned our traditional trade far well for a successful future by implementing new ideas,” explained Sabine Loos, CEO of Westfalenhallen Unternehmensgruppe GmbH.
InterTabac, the world’s largest trade fair for tobacco products and smoking accessories, was again the most important meeting place for national and international representatives of the tobacco industry, retail and wholesale sectors this year from 20 to 22 September and boasted about 40,000 sqm of exhibition space in the halls of the Dortmund Exhibition Centre. Besides numerous German visitors from the key target groups and sectors, like the classic tobacconists and petrol station and kiosk retailers, internationality was again an important feature of the trade fair. About 42 per cent of the visitors came from abroad: The visitors’ home countries included the USA, China, Chile and South Africa. European home countries were primarily Spain, Italy, France, The Netherlands and Turkey.
Almost 58 per cent of the visitors came from Germany. “German participants primarily included classic tobacconists. The interest in new topics and trends and the personal exchange of information prevailed as usual. That is not surprising because only InterTabac gives retailers and wholesalers the opportunity of exploring and testing the product width and depth and making contacts with established and new customers,” was given as reason by Sabine Loos.
Thomas Schäfer, Managing Director of the Tobacco Trade Association of North Rhine Westphalia (Handelsverband Nordrhein-Westfalen e. V.), drew the following conclusion for the tobacco trade:
“Year after year, InterTabac expands its reputation as the world’s flagship trade fair of the tobacco industry and as the meeting place of the tobacco family. And that applies again this year. The trade must overcome many challenges in the future. The condensed overview of all tobacco product and ancillary product segments as given by InterTabac at the Dortmund location is therefore incredibly important for wholesalers and retailers in today’s world.”
Classic segments continue to be a central element
Fans of classic tobacco products and pipes and cigars got their money’s worth. Exhibitors in Halls 4 to 7 showcased additive-free cigarettes, high-quality pipes and interesting up-market products from small cigar manufacturing businesses.
The satisfaction of the tobacco retail trade with InterTabac 2019 was underlined by Steffen Kahnt, Director of the German Association of Tobacconists (Bundesverband des Tabakwaren-Einzelhandels e.V. - BTWE):
“InterTabac has once again given the retail sector an overview of all segments of the national and international tobacco world. It continues to be an indispensable dialogue, information and order placement platform, especially for tobacconists. This central meeting place gives a comprehensive overview, especially of the classic cigar, cigarette and pipe segments, to make the retailers’ product portfolios viable for the future,” summarised SteffenKahnt. “A big thank you to the Dortmund Exhibition Centre team who once again did their utmost in 2019 to make InterTabac very successful for exhibitors and visitors alike.”
NGP segment popular again
As in the previous years, there was a great interest in Next Generation Products (NGP), which this year filled the entire Westfalenhalle event arena and Halls 1 and 2 of the Dortmund Exhibition Centre. The trade visitors visited the exhibition stands to admire the latest e-cigarette hardware, to test innovations in the vape segment and to try out the popular smokeless products, such as chewing tobacco. “The NGP segment continues to show a positive development and that was also evident from this year’s InterTabac trade fair,” said Sabine Loos.
A similar situation could be seen on the shisha stands in Hall 8 and a part of Hall 6. “The pleasure of smoking shisha as a new pastime is very popular. The exhibitors took this trend into account and showcased their diverse product range that fulfils all wishes of the consumers,” said Sabine Loos.
New events expand InterTabac
The premiere of the new diverse accompanying programme that supported this year’s trade fair was very well received by the guests. Sabine Loos explained the background of the new offer: “Thanks to the accompanying programme, InterTabac is now much more than an important order placement platform. It sets new standards for the national and international exchange of trade information. Accordingly, visitors can ideally prepare and pave the way for future business activities here.”
For example, one of the many exciting lectures was futuristic: Dr Felix Stehle from the Technical University of Dortmund gave an overview of the “Generation of a nicotine-free, nontransgenic tobacco plant” topic. With the aid of state-of-the-art scientific methods, researchers succeeded in modifying the genes of a tobacco plant in such a way that its leaves no longer contain any nicotine. These results open up the opportunity for the tobacco industry to produce nicotine-free cigarettes. The “Cigar & Rum Pairing” event where international premium rum brands were paired with Nicaraguan cigars to give the participants a very exciting taste experience was very popular.
Improved services for trade fair visitors
Besides the innovative accompanying programme, new services also made the trade fair pair, InterTabac and InterSupply, even more attractive. A choice of exclusive hotel packages and an improved shuttle service to nearby airports and last but not least the new modern, functional and light-flooded 4,500 sqm North Entrance – “The trade visitors noticed this year that investments in the future are being made here,” Sabine Loos remarked proudly.
“The new North Entrance admired by all, the sector-specific further development of the trade fair’s range of products and services, the variety of exhibitors and tobacco products, the ambience and the high quality of the exhibition stands and the competence, the circumspection and professionalism of the teams of the Westfalenhallen Group make the trade fair visit a unique event that is unequalled,” said Thomas Schäfer, Managing Director of the Trade Association of North Rhine Westphalia with a view to InterTabac 2020 in Dortmund.
Interested exhibitors and trade visitors can already note the date in their diary for next year’s InterTabac and InterSupply. The two trade fairs will take place from 18 to 20 September 2020 – of course again in the halls of the Dortmund Exhibition Centre.
Further information at: www.intertabac.de
Basic Information at a Glance
InterTabac, the World’s Largest Trade Fair for Tobacco Products and Smoking Accessories
20 – 22 September 2019
Messe Dortmund GmbH
• Handelsverband Nordrhein-Westfalen e. V., Fachbereich Tabakwaren (Trade Association of North Rhine Westphalia – Tobacco Department) (Supporting Organisation)
• Bundesverband des Tabakwaren-Einzelhandels (German Association of Tobacconists)
• Verband der deutschen Rauchtabakindustrie (Association of the German Smoking Tobacco Industry)
• Bundesverband der Zigarrenindustrie (German Association of the Cigar Industry)
• Deutscher Zigarettenverband (German Association of the Cigarette Industry)
• ProCigar – Cigar Manufacturers in the Dominican Republic
• Verband des eZigarettenhandels (Association of e-Cigarette Retailers)
• Bündnis für Tabakfreien Genuss (Alliance for Tobacco-Free Enjoyment)
Tobacconists, wholesalers and retailers from across the Federal Republic of Germany. employees of the tobacco industry worldwide. Admission restricted to trade visitors aged 18+.
Westfalenhalle event arena, Halls 1 and 2 and 4 to 8
520 from 47 countries
Cigars, cigarillos, pipes and smoking accessories, cigarette and pipe tobacco, cigarettes, rolling paper, Next Generation Products, shishas, shisha tobacco
• Seminar on the “Legal Protection for Children and Youths in the Trade”
• “Is the End of the Cigarette Near? – Alternatives for the Trade”
• “Retail Trade in Europe – quo vadis?”
• “Generation of a Nicotine-Free, Nontransgenic Tobacco Plant”
• Cigar & Rum Pairing
• Get-together evening
• ‘InterTabac Stars’ award by the ‘Die Tabak-Zeitung’ magazine
Co-located with InterSupply:
InterSupply – Trade Fair for the Production of Tobacco Goods (Hall 3)
120 from 35 countries