IDG Expo management is really considering moving the Macworld of New York elsewhere.
The rumors, spread in recent days by the New York Post New York Post, are confirmed by some statements reported by the MacMinute website. “The cost factor – said Rob Scheschareg, IDG World Expo vice president of sales, marketing and product development – has become significant and has a substantial impact on all of us, exhibitors, visitors and speakers. This is the reason why we are evaluating some options on the east coast in the hope that we can control this increase in costs "
According to some information collected by the New York Post a determining factor would have been the expected 10-15% increase in Moscone's rental costs which are already equal to $ 650,000. In addition to this, the high bills of transport, energy bills, taxes (in New York higher than in the vast majority of American cities) and the costs of hotel rooms also have a decisive effect.
The choice of IDG Expo that it is exploring with greater accuracy would be to bring the Macworld back to its original location, in Boston, as Scheschareg confirms and not absolutely said that the essential condition is the availability of the new convention center, which will be ready only in 2004. "Although the new center – said Scheschareg – where we are trying to have free spaces available, will only be ready in 2004, there are other structures where the Expo can be organized also next year if necessary" .
A choice in this sense will probably be made in the coming weeks, most likely before the opening of the Macworld Expo in January to be held in San Francisco. "When we have made a decision – said Scheschareg – she will be well motivated, well communicated and will arrive well in advance"