Above: Images from The PPAI Expo 2017, highlighting the trade show, education and networking opportunities attendees can expect this month in Las Vegas.

In 10 days, the promotional products industry’s largest and longest-running trade show returns to Las Vegas. The PPAI Expo 2018 runs January 14-18 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and is delivering the top-flight show experience, education opportunities and networking that attendees have come to expect from the industry’s premier trade show.

Expo’s show floor opens on Tuesday, January 16. Attendees can connect with more than 1,200 exhibiting companies at 3,120 booths to learn about the latest products and trends in the industry for their clients and campaigns. The popular Product Pavilions—New Products, Green Products, Made In The USA and Express Ship—along with brand., the highly regarded incentive products showcase, and DECORATE, featuring the best in screen printing, embroidery and digital technology, are also returning to Expo’s show experience.

Alongside several insightful and empowering general session and keynote speakers, Expo’s extensive professional development schedule allows attendees to choose from more than 100 education sessions.  Starting on Sunday, January 14, and running throughout the week, sessions are available on eight tracks: Incentives & Recognition, Corporate Responsibility, Industry Essentials, Marketing & Advertising, Decorate, Sales & Service, Strategies & Solutions and Technology. Attendees can earn credits toward MAS or CAS certifications. The SAGE conference also runs concurrently on Monday, January 15, offering 10 sessions for suppliers and distributors about SAGE technology.

Attendees can kick off their time at the show with Expo’s early opening celebration at 8 am on Tuesday. A live band will accompany the Product Pavilion Sneak Peak, giving an early preview of the products on the show floor. Distributor attendees can also win door prizes provided by exhibitors at Expo as well as prizes provided by PPAI. Door prize drawings will begin at 8:30 am and conclude with a Grand Prize drawing at 10 am.  

The industry can let its hair down at the Power Of Two Party, hosted by PPAI and SAGE, on Wednesday, January 17. To be held at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the Power Of Two Party is the most popular industry event on the strip.

Expo also celebrates the accomplishments and successes of the industry's professionals and companies. On Monday night,the Chairman's Leadership Dinner honors individuals for their hard work and dedication to the industry, and recognizes the the unique accomplishments of the PPAI Hall of Fame Award, H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award, Distinguished Service Award and the PPAI Promotional Product Pioneers Award recipients. And on Tuesday night, PPAI Expo After Dark celebrates award winning campaigns and industry excellence with the 2018 PPAI Pyramid Awards. Turning 60 in 2018, the Pyramid Awards recognize innovation and creative excellence in a variety of disciplines. Purchase tickets to both events through Expo's online registration.

For more information on The PPAI Expo and to register, visit expo.ppai.org.