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Publication Date: 05/1/2007
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Publisher's Note: Making the Right Move
Jacob Fattal, Publisher
The trade show scene has shifted once again, with the IPC's somewhat surprising announcement that next year's APEX will be held in Las Vegas. This still-growing trade show has seen a number of venues, starting in San Diego, then moving to Anaheim for several years, then to Los Angeles for one disastrous year.

There were numerous problems with having the show in L.A., and a number of exhibitors complained loudly to the IPC. Since most of them were IPC members, the trade association not only listened, but acted on these complaints.

The move to a new state-of-the-art facility at the Mandalay Bay is at once an inspired choice, and a very welcome one. Las Vegas knows how to take care of exhibitors and visitors — probably better than any other city in the U.S. The EDS Show has been meeting at the Paris Hotel convention facility for years, and this has always worked out very well for everyone concerned.

Of course, APEX is larger than EDS, and possibly more difficult to manage because of its size, and there will undoubtedly be some growing pains while show management, exhibitors and visitors get a feel for the new venue, but after a couple of years, we should all be old hands at making things work in Vegas.

The city has been going through some incredible expansion; its monorail system has grown to serve a total of seven stations located at major Strip hotels and the huge Convention Center. The Mandalay Bay is served by the station at the MGM Grand Hotel, and this could well make life easier for visitors and exhibitors who opt for other hotels along the Strip, or who want to minimize car rentals. Be sure to make reservations well in advance; Las Vegas has been known to run out of rental cars during major trade shows.

We're really pumped about this move; it's gratifying to see the IPC take action on member complaints so quickly and so definitively. Now it's up to all of us to support the trade association and the Show for having made this very positive move. San Diego may be prettier and balmier, but Las Vegas certainly has all the right moves. 

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