TEMPE, Ariz. — Organizers of The Phoenix Forum said that its recent 2017 show’s attendance matched last year’s tally and that the trade event left positive results for host sponsor CCBill, as well as for the many show sponsors and attendees.
“With rumors circulating that the 2017 show’s numbers were down, possibly due to concerns with the increased scrutiny on inbound U.S. travel, The Phoenix Forum is happy to report that their 2017 attendance remained 100 percent steady with The Phoenix Forum 2016 show traffic,” organizers said.
“This is both a positive indicator that the adult digital entertainment industry remains strong, as well as the value of The Phoenix Forum for show sponsors and attendees,” organizers said.
Each spring, The Phoenix Forum brings together a large number of global professionals within the adult digital, live cam and dating and sectors for four days and evenings of business, networking and education in Tempe.
With today's announcement, organizers said that The Phoenix Forum 2018 will be slated for Wednesday, March 21, through Sunday, March 25. The show will return to the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel.
In the announcement, The Phoenix Forum’s organizers thanked 2017 sponsors, including Premium Sponsors ImLive and XBIZ; Platinum Sponsors ASACP, AVN, BongaCash, Cavecreek, Datetronix, Flirt4Free, Gamma Entertainment, Humboldt Merchant Services, ModelCentro, VIPOffers and WTS; Pride Sponsors BelAmiOnline, Buddy Profits, CockyBoys, Cybersocket, GAYVN, Helix Studios, Mr. Skin Cash, NakedSword and Supermen.com; and Gold Sponsors Adult Force, Bitter Strawberry, CAM4, Cambuilder, CameraPrive, ChargebackHelp, Chaturbate, DatingGold, Dimoco, DPL Money, Adult Friend Finder, Free Speech Coalition, HoloFilm Productions, ICM Registry, JuicyAds, Mobius Payments, Netbilling, OrbitalPay, Paxum, Payze, Pornhub, Quantox, Reach Effect, SegPay, TrafficHaus, TrafficJunky, Traffic Mansion, TrafficPartner, TrafficStars, X2K, XLoveCam and YNOT Mail.
At the 2017 show, The Phoenix Forum 13th annual Charity Golf Tournament, presented by X2K, raised important dollars for the ASACP, a nonprofit organization dedicated to online child protection.
“Year after year, The Phoenix Forum is focused on delivering a premier business experience for our entire industry,” said Gary Jackson, managing vice president of sales at CCBill.
“While we are known for our fun events and sometimes crazy parties, when you consider the educational benefit of our seminars and roundtables, the number of people who participate in face-to-face business meetings, not to mention the magic of networking that takes place throughout the three-day event, the value of The Phoenix Forum stands solid.”
Jackson said that CCBill launched its CCBill Lab concept this year, inviting show attendees to meet with some of their key software, content and business partners from the CCBill Integration Partners program for demos and presentations.
The CCBill Integration Partner program connects CCBill merchants looking to launch or expand current business offerings with technology and business services providers.
Integration Partners who participated in the CCBill Lab at The Phoenix Forum 2017 included TrafficHaus, Pinnacle Cart, PayGarden, NATS, HoloFilm Productions, 7 Veils, YNOT Mail, Adult SiteRunner, 2000Charge and Quantox.
Because of the positive response to the presentations, CCBill plans to take its CCBill Lab on the road to various trade events globally, Jackson said.