>>If the organizers really do care about keeping attendance up and
bucks flowing from contesters' and DXers' pockets into the vendors'
pockets, maybe they need to be a little more accommodating in the
assignment of meeting rooms next year.<<
At root of this whole discussion is really this: Dayton Hamvention
needs to ditch Hara Arena and move this national event to a different
venue, in a different city. Major shows like Comdex and NAMM change
cities every so often because it keeps the show fresh and gives people
another reason to continue to attend each year.
Each year, with rare exception, we see the post-Dayton handwringing
over show attendance dropping, sales flattening, venue issues,
organization issues - and yet THE thing that would revitalize the show
is never considered - namely getting the show into a different venue
every third or fourth year, a venue that can or will accomodate the
entire needs of the show, the vendors, and the attendees.
What kind of national trade show (and that's what Dayton is, a full
blown national trade show for amateur radio) blows the organization of
the event to the point where forums of strong interest to the community
involved have to be moved to an off-site hotel ballroom to accomodate
the necessary crowd? That's absolutely pathetic.
Scott Robbins W4PA
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