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Procigar and InterTabac expand their partnership

Procigar, the Association of Dominican Cigar Manufacturers, and InterTabac, the world's largest trade show for tobacco products and smoking accessories, are to expand their existing partnership. With their close ties, the two partners have for years been working hard to bring the cigar industry into focus worldwide, and to promote synergies on the ground.

Dortmund, 11 January 2022 – Key players in the tobacco industry have been flocking to Messe Dortmund for over 40 years now to be part of the world's leading tobacco products and smoking accessories trade show. Its international credentials play a pivotal role in making InterTabac (15 – 17 September 2022) a major platform for business and communications. “Direct interaction and dialogue with the world's key producing countries and exporters are an essential, indispensable and foundational aspect of this trade show,” said Sabine Loos, Managing Director of the Westfalenhallen Group of Companies. “With Procigar by our side, we have a partner that represents not just the Dominican Republic, but also the world's largest exporter of premium cigars,” continued the Messe Dortmund boss whose twin trade shows – InterTabac and InterSupply – are also members of the Cigar Association of America, which works to make the cigar industry strong, vibrant and high-growth.

The long-term partnership between Messe Dortmund and Procigar – the Association of Dominican Cigar Manufacturers – has now been extended. The aim is to build on, and grow, the close partnership and winning teamwork of recent years. Procigar President Hendrik Kelner emphasised the extraordinary importance of the partnership which has triggered – and will continue to trigger – key initiatives in the cigar industry: “What we have here is a unique partnership between the world's biggest and best trade show in the tobacco sector, and the world's leading cigar exporter. The principal objective of the Association of Dominican Cigar Manufacturers is to promote and defend the quality and consistency of Dominican cigars across the world. Only a globally recognised platform like InterTabac can be contemplated for this key task.”

Procigar was founded in 1992 as an association of cigar producers in the Dominican Republic, whose goals – both then and now – are to defend, protect and spread the country's good name in the world of premium cigars. Since 2008, Procigar has organised the annual Procigar Festival attracting over 400 international guests, importers, wholesalers and retailers as well as tobacco industry suppliers and employees. InterTabac will once again be in attendance at the festival as a Platinum Sponsor. “And of course, Procigar will again have a strong presence at the next InterTabac in September – as an exclusive partner of the 'GetTogether' gala evening popular right across the tobacco industry, and at the show itself,” confirmed the Procigar President.

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