VSDA Pleased With Show Attendance29 Jul, 2002 By: Kurt Indvik
More than 4,000 video industry professionals attended the recent Home Entertainment 2002 in Las Vegas, according to the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA), which presented the 21st annual event, and Home Entertainment Events, a joint venture between VSDA and Advanstar Communications, which produced the show. (Advanstar also publishes Video Store Magazine.)
This year's event, dramatically redesigned in a number of ways to create more of a business meeting atmosphere as opposed to a major trade show, attracted about 30 percent fewer attendees than the last VSDA convention, held in January 2001. However, show organizers were pleased with results of the new show format.
“Change can present challenges, but our exhibitors and attendees alike have told us that they really enjoyed the relaxed, ‘friendlier' and more intimate meeting environment created by the newly offered open exhibit suites,” said Bo Andersen, VSDA president. “These attendance figures exceeded our expectations for this first year where we have implemented an all-new format…we couldn't be happier, and we look forward to improving on this new concept even further in the years ahead.”
“We are excited by the strong turnout by the retail attendees and by the strong support of this event by the studios and other exhibiting companies,” said Mary Thompson, show manager for Home Entertainment Events.
As Video Store Magazine and hive4media.com reported earlier, reaction to the new format has been generally favorable, though mixed, with exhibitors and retailers alike pleased with the substance of the meetings they were able to have, though having some complaints with certain operational aspects of the event in which meeting suites were on a variety of floors of the convention hotel, some floors of which were “by appointment only.”
No dates or specific plans have been announced as yet regarding a show for 2003.