Ahem... "PLASA"? Or is this one of those thing like the TMB booth, that everyone that's not a minor knows... 'cause it comes with its own bouncer?
From the rumors I've heard it also has to do with the price difference between Vegas and Orlando...with Orlando coming in something like 5 times the cost of the Vegas show...but like I said...a rumor.Word on the "street", they don't want to go to Orlando anymore. From what I have heard it has something to do with the convention center there and labor relations as well as they feel that the turn out at Orlando is much smaller then it is at vegas. Instead of spending the cash I guess they feel they should just not go. Suprising though because its the first chance for a wide audience to play with the showgun. I have a feeling someone will have one there though.
I've heard backside rumors from people who work at High End that they are unpleased with the way the show works financially in Orlando and the inflation on the labor/electricity/floorspace ect. And that both they and Martin are holding out to make a point to LDI. The PLSN article is interesting...but also feels like it has a bit of a PR spin to it...Martin had a very public announcement about it saying they were changing their marketing strategy and want to spend more money on taking things out too the people and less on the mega trade shows. It officially sounded like it had nothing to do with LDI as an organization or Orlando as a location. It also sounded like they wanted to put their money into more smaller shows and maybe put together some sort of road tour doing their own little regional stuff. This could also just be them blowing smoke. I don't remember which magazine it was all written up in... maybe PLSN... it's been 6 months or so since this was announced.
And Charc... it's not really a booth... it's known as the TMB lounge for a reason.
Yeah I'm told they tend to get a really large booth toward the back of the exhibit hall so by the time you get there you feel like taking a break. They put up a wall around the booth that features their products but the inside is just a bar and cocktail tables. You go in, a sales person gets you a drink and you sit and talk about how they can help you. It's brilliant advertising if you ask me... Seachanger's booth was half kitchen with a gourmet chef cooking stuff... if only the two companies could be next to each other.