Porn, it would seem, has traded in one set of bedfellows for another.
For 12 years, the Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) and CES went hand in hand. Starting in 2012, however, many attendees of the annual electronics trade show were surprised to find the Sands Convention Center—the former home of the event—bereft of cleavage and porn videos.
Instead, the show had been moved back a week, and had begun running at the same time as the SHOT Show—the annual convention for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting accessories industries. They've run concurrently ever since.
Officials at the AEE won't say they intentionally decided to run simultaneously with the SHOT Show, the fifth-largest show in Las Vegas, which attracted 67,000 people last year. Still, they will admit that the split from CES was very deliberate, and reflective of the realities of who attended both conferences.
"After analyzing our attendees' demographics and the crossover between AVN and CES, we decided to move our event a week or so after CES," says Theo Sapoutzis, chairman and CEO of AVN Media Network.
"This was done for two reasons: The crossover wasn't as high as people perceived. The vast majority of our attendees travel in Vegas for our event," he said. Additionally, "it became a far more affordable event for both our consumer and trade attendees, since the room rates are far more affordable."