Vaper Expo – Arrive EARLY!
The Vaper Expo 2017 Big Weekend is finally here.
The fun kicks off tomorrow [Friday] for the business to business day when all the movers and shakers in the vape biz will strike deals and discuss Post TPD and TRPR strategy.
It’s then of course open to the public for Saturday and Sunday and given this is a Bank Holiday weekend and good weather – organizers are expecting record crowds.
However and in the shadow of the tragic events in Manchester earlier this week – the Vaper Expo organizers and indeed the NEC are calling for vapers to arrive earlier and expect delays as improved Security measures will be in place.
Tightened Security at the NEC
For obvious reasons the NEC has not stated what the extra security measures will entail however I’m guessing searches will be far more stricter than last year.
NEC Group CEO Paul Thandie said:
Our thoughts are with those who were affected by the terrible incident at the Manchester Arena last night. We’re shocked and saddened by what has happened.
Public safety at our events is our priority and we have a number of security measures in place which we continue to review.
We don’t discuss specific security details as doing so is potentially detrimental to these measures, however, we do use a number of different security techniques.
Our teams – who liaise with the police, exhibition and conference organisers and concert promoters on an on-going basis – are vigilant at all times and review security measures as necessary.
We encourage those attending our events to also remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to our security staff or police.
Given the majority of vapers will be carrying bags and rucksacks possibly containing batteries – wires and various tools I have asked both parties if the NEC security staff are aware of this.
I would suggest as a matter of common sense and given the heightened security in public places that any coil building etc should be done at home – though there is a build area within Expo.
In the current climate people who have no idea about vaping will find wires – batteries and tools highly suspicious and to avoid any upset or indeed some kind of police involvement it will pay to be sensible – so maybe avoid doing your builds aboard trains or indeed anywhere in public.
I’ll update this as soon as I get further info – but please expect strict searches and as the organizers have already stated arrive much earlier than planned as there could be long delays.
A Vaper Expo spokesman posted this on Facebook earlier today:
ENTRY TO THE VAPER EXPO UK
We are encouraging visitors to get to the show earlier for the extra security checks that have been put in place. Ticket kiosks open at 8am.
Tickets are available at the entrance at a price of £15.
Pre booked tickets are still available at www.vaperexpo.co.uk
We look forward to seeing you at the Big Weekend
Whilst one comment stated a few vapers were backing out of the event because of safety concerns most seemed unmoved and were extremely understanding about the extra security measures.
Plenty to Enjoy at Vaper Expo 2017
On a lighter note it seems the vaping world will be there with exhibitors from batteries to mods – e-liquids to coil building and of course plenty of razzmatazz including a live DJ ‘pumping out the sounds’ and various speakers.
There’s a chill out zone for those of us feeling our age and in need of a sit down and whilst the prices are extremely high [bring a picnic lol] there’s plenty of concession stands and even a bar.
For those of you who subscribe to any of the UK You Tube reviewers I know that Vaping With Vic is attending all three days and I’m looking forward to bumping into him.
There’s also going to be an impromptu public ‘meet-up’ of many of the UK YouTube reviewers on Saturday around 1pm.
With that I’m off to sharpen my pencils – sort out my camera and re-wick and coil ready for two days of work with I hope a bit of fun thrown in too – hope to see you there.
Vape On and Vape Safe!
Footnote: Please check back for any further updates from the NEC and Vaper Expo organizers
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