LALExpo a 'Rousing Success,' Organizers Report

CARTAGENA — Organizers for LALExpo have reported that the three-day trade show was a “rousing success,” attracting more than 900 attendees. The LALExpo was held Jul. 11-13 in Cartagena, Colombia.

“Besides the hundreds of attendees and companies from Latin America, we also enjoyed the attendance of companies from many other countries like Luxemburg, Hungary, Romania, Cyprus, Indonesia, New Zealand, Russia and the U.K., just to name a few,” a spokesperson for the LALExpo said. “The LALExpo has now officially established itself as the adult show in Latin America.”

Although the webcam sector made a strong showing at LALExpo, organizers said, other sectors of the adult industry made their presence felt as well.

“We had a high number of live cam companies in attendance, as we usually do,” according to a LALExpo representative. “But we also had high-level companies and attendees from other niches in the adult industry such as mobile, traffic, webmasters, billing, hosting, lawyers, media buyers and more.”

LALExpo organizers said that their first awards ceremony, hosted during the trade show by Latina adult star Esperanza Gomez and co-hosted by Brad Mitchell from MojoHost and Alex Lecomte from JuicyAds, “was a great success as well.”

Winners in the inaugural LALExpo Awards included:

Best Billing Company: Epoch

Best Overall Cam Site: LiveJasmin

Best European Cam Site: Bongacams

Best North American Cam Site: Chaturbate

Best Tipping Cam Site: FreeWebCam

Best Private Cam Site: Streamate

Best Emerging Cam Site: Stripchat

Best Cam Studio: Studio20

Most Innovative Cam Studio: YES Studio

Best Emerging Cam Studio: Creative Media

Best Romanian Cam Studio: Charm Studio

Best Colombian Cam Studio — Valle del Cauca: JahlOnline

Best Colombian Cam Studio — Antioquia: Interaction VC

Best Colombian Cam Studio — Eje Cafetero: Trend Corporation

Best Colombian Cam Studio — Cundinamarca: TipModels

Best Content Producer or Provider: Steve Hamilton

Best Adult Content Site or Network:

Best CMS Platform: ModelCentro

Best Dating Company: AdultFriendFinder

Best Mobile Company: Reporo

Best Traffic Company: Adxxx

Best Hosting Company: MojoHost

Best Industry Event: Eurowebtainment

Best Alternative Payment Service: Paxum

Best Tube Site: XHamster

Best White Label Provider: WebcamWiz

Best Affiliate Program: XLoveCash

Best Female Webcam Model: DeviousAngell (LiveJasmin)

Best Male Webcam Model: Stefano (Flirt4Free)

Best Shemale Webcam Model: Kristhywen

Best Couple Webcam Model: Emma and Eddie Lovett

Best Latin Webcam Model: TropicBeauty (Streamate)

Best Ebony Webcam Model: GISELLEBINOCHE

Best Cam Model Tipping Cam Site: MollyBrooke (Chaturbate)

Best New Cam Model of The Year: Niley Hott (Chaturbate)

Best Cam Model Private Cam Site: AkiraLeen (LiveJasmin)

Best Cam or Solo Model Personal Site:

Best Porn Star: Esperanza Gomez

Best Latin American Porn Star: Gisella Avendaño

Best Social Media Star: RaquellDiva

Best Webmaster: Ron Lee

Best Industry Representative: Rubén Rodríguez

Innovative Adult Product of the year: Kiiroo

Best Latin American Toy Supplier: SexoSentido

Hall of Fame: Richard Burry

Best Webmaster Resource: XBIZ

Honorific Awards: JFK Fubar

Honorific Awards: Gyury Gattian

Honorific Awards: Bob Raley

Honorific Awards: Flirt4free

Testimonials on the LALExpo came from Mitchell and Lecomte as well as Epoch Payment Solutions’ Harmik Gharapetian, Paxum’s Chris Youngs, FUBAR's JFK, Chaturbate’s Shirley Lara and XBIZ’ Leah Mahi.

Gharapetian said, “We have attended a lot of trade shows over the 17 years that I have been with Epoch, but I must admit this was one of the best shows that the Epoch team attended, based on organization, amount of business to be conducted and a large number of business-minded attendees. Looking forward to be back as a major sponsor and support next year. We were very thankful to the hard-working LALExpo team that went out of their way to make sure everyone had everything necessary at their disposal to conduct their business.” 

Mitchell said, “LALExpo was a tremendous success this year and exceeded all of my expectations for new business. The new consolidated format within one hotel really brought the whole group together nicely. LALExpo has established itself as a must-have venue in Latin America. I expect to see next year build on its experience and continue growing in attendance. The awards show was a first-class engagement, especially as the first one. After our experience this year, I am confident it will be even more perfectly run and special next year. Colombia!” 

Lecomte said, “LALExpo 2016 was amazing. It has definitely become our meeting point in Latino America to connect with all the key Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking companies of our industry. The show was very well organized. I was delighted to meet so many key players of our industry and be able to put a face on their famous names. The LatAm markets are very important, and LALExpo gave us the tools and an international voice to explore all the Latino possibilities. Also, Colombia is a great destination; the people are wonderful, the country is beautiful, safe and fun. Honestly, it's the perfect mix of business and pleasure. I just loved it.” 

Youngs said, “Once again, the LALExpo Team managed to outdo themselves. I have attended every LALExpo, and every year, I see how it grows. The 2016 LALExpo brought out more than just the cam industry. I was able to network and do business with people from all parts of our industry. I am very excited to see what they have in store for us next year.”

JFK said, “It is great to find a gem, then watch it shine to brilliance over time. When I first heard about this event three years ago in Cali, I thought, ‘Hmmmmm, this has potential.’ I went and covered it for FUBAR. When I got there, I was very pleasantly surprised at the level of interest, the large number of attendees, all taking in what was being offered. Fast forward to Medellin: the show kept improving, showing more and more potential. Now to the present: Cartagena. The presentation, the  location, the amount of attendees shows this event to be among the best on today's adult show circuit. If you’re into cams or any facet of adult, it would be worth your while to come and check it out. You will find an audience eager to do business. Looking forward to next year’s already!”

Lara said, "LALExpo has done it again. They have brought over 600-plus industry executives to Cartagena, Colombia eager to get business done. Chaturbate highly values LALExpo as industry cam leader for South American live cams. We are already looking forward to next year."

Mahi said, “LALExpo was amazing. Experiencing Colombia was so awesome, and the energy of the show was much more than I had imagined. I had the opportunity to strengthen current relationships as well as meet new faces. The LALExpo team was extremely hospitable and willing to help me throughout the show. I’m looking forward to seeing what next year brings. Hats off to the organizers.”

For more information on the LALExpo, visit their official website or follow them on Twitter.