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Rick & Howard Lock in Dates For Their First Las Vegas T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Conference in 5 Years


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The dates are now official. As I told you May 4, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Co-Founders Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu are taking the big show back to Las Vegas in 2013. When I wrote that, they had not yet locked down the exact dates for the event that will take place at an especially attractive new venue - the fabulous Bellagio Hotel. Now they have. 

The conference will open exactly one year from today, on Wednesday evening, May 29, 2013 and it will conclude with the customary farewell breakfast on Saturday morning, June 1, 2013.  

This will be the first Las Vegas T.R.A.F.F.I.C. run by Rick and Howard in more than 5 years. A four-year annual run there ended with the last one they helmed in February 2008 at the Venetian Hotel. There was one more show in Las Vegas under the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. banner in January 2010 at the Hard Rock Hotel, but that one was run by Rick Latona under a one-year licensing agreement with the show's founders. 

After the agreement with Latona expired Schwartz and Neu were content to settle back into the one show a year in Florida format that they started with back in 2004 when they staged the industry's first large scale domain conference in Delray Beach. The only 2012 show will be held October 7-10, 2012 at the Ritz Carlton on Ft. Lauderdale Beach, a gorgeous oceanfront venue that also hosted the duo's lone 2011 show). 

The Las Vegas shows have always been popular though (the biggest crowd in T.R.A.F.F.I.C. history turned out for the 2007 show at the Venetian) and a number of regular attendees have lobbied for a return 

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Co-Founders Rick Schwartz
& Howard Neu (Bobbleheads.com versions!)

there. With the previously over-crowded conference calendar having been winnowed out by market forces, Schwartz and Neu finally agreed to get back on board and do two shows (Ft. Lauderdale Beach and Las Vegas) next year. 

In the meantime, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012 is barely over four months away now. No other major U.S. shows are slated for this year, so if you want to take advantage of the invaluable opportunity to meet and network with fellow domain investor/developers and service providers from around the world, now is the time to start making plans for a trip to the beach in Florida this fall.

(Posted May 29, 2012) 

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