[ACML] The Convention Center and Union Fees Death Match 2006™
seanlarson at gmail.com
Tue Oct 31 19:07:24 EST 2006
Portland is tough in the fact that once you get over 3000 attendance, the
only place you can hold the convention is at the convention center. There
is nothing in the area (including combining two hotels) that can accommodate
anything larger. The downside being the expense of moving into a convention
center (roughly $35k on my last quote), and the lack of a hotel directly
next to the convention center of any discriminable size. Portland has been
looking for someone to build a hotel next to or as part of the convention
center for some time, but as so far, there have been no takers.
There are other hotels in the Portland area, but for 2007, they have all
been booked solid, as such Kumoricon 2007 will be just across the river in
That majority of people in Portland think that Vancouver is part of Oregon
as it is, so hopefully our transition will be relatively smooth.
On 10/31/06, Jim Vowles Jr <alabaster at tapestryofstars.com> wrote:
> On Oct 28, 2006, at 12:30 PM, Craige Howlett wrote:
> > Given those factors and the issue of costs of running a convention,
> > would
> > anyone really want to move into a convention center?
> > Your dealers booth costs are going to rocket up, everything else is
> > going to
> > cost more, would it not make more sense to stay at a small property
> > and
> > never get big enough to go to a convention center? Just stay in
> > the biggest
> > hotel that you could find and set up shop?
> The biggest hotel in this general area would have forced us to stop
> growing at roughly Katsucon's size, seven years ago.
> That's reason enough for me.
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