VAPER EXPO MAY’S SHOW WAS A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW Hundreds of exhibitors, thousands of vapers and even more giveaways. May’s Vaper Expo had something for everyone. - By Róisín Delaney - Have you ever been to an event, or even on holiday, where you truly felt disconnected from the outside world? Where everything apart from the time and place in which you stood didn’t matter? That was how my first experience of the Vaper Expo UK in May felt. thrill of the ride that is the UK and Europe’s largest vape exhibition. In some respects my colleagues had given me a level of expectation ahead of the weekend which included tales from the shows in 2017, which blew them away – it did cross my mind that they could have been exaggerating but I stand corrected. This weekend devoured every expectation and as it drew to a close on the sunny bank holiday weekend, I was left wanting more. From the Vapouround Casino to the main stage to celebrity takeovers, there was so much happening under one roof it did seem hard to keep up at times. But you see, that’s the On Friday, B2B day, the Vapouround team had an extra serving of breakfast to prepare for the longest day of the working year, as the third annual Vapouround Awards were taking place that evening. This day required intense organisation on our part, to make the most of every opportunity on the expo floor until close, and then appear miraculously in our finest frocks fuss-free by 7pm at the awards venue across the NEC. And as it turned out, it all went smoothly thanks to a lot of forward thought. The awards have become part and parcel of the Vaper 34 | THE VAPER EXPO The sheer scale and size of the show added to the atmosphere – to know you were among some of the global leaders in this rapidly growing industry was surreal. Naturally, everyone I met I was inquisitive of. Who were they? What did they do before they were a top dog in the e-cigarette trade? Did they ever expect to achieve such a height of success in a few short years since this industry exploded?