HAVE YOUR SAY: Vegas fights back

NY still favourite, but Las Vegas is just as capable of hosting Licensing International 2009.
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The debate continues on Licensing.biz whether a change in venue for Advanstar’s Licensing International in 2009 would be good news for the industry, with fans of Las Vegas now starting to air their views.

While there seems to be little doubt that New York is still favourite, Alison Kenney, COO of Art Impressions, has put forward some good points in favour of Vegas.

“New York is rapidly losing its allure to many people (both exhibitors and attendees) due to escalating costs and the isolation/inconvenience of being at the Javits Center,” she said.

“Room rates in excess of $500 per night for a tiny room at an average hotel are robbery when you’re bringing a group of people to New York for a week, and it is just one reasons companies such as ours would like to see the show move out of Manhattan. I do think attendance would be affected in the short-term, but ultimately, if people feel they need to be at the show to do business, they will find a way to be there.”

However, further comments posted in Licensing.biz are still in favour of the show remaining in New York – with many saying that the increased costs would mean the European contingent would reduce significantly.

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