I think Scott is absolutely on the money here. Aside from history (and
kudos to the Dayton people for keeping this going so long), the only real
strength of the Dayton venue is a relatively central location. But surely,
between Louisville, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus and any number of other
cities within a reasonable radius, there are one or more host organizations
that could take this on, in a decent convention center. It's time, and
perhaps contesters need to lead the way.
73, Pete N4ZR
At 04:42 PM 6/8/2005, Scott Robbins wrote:
> >>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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