The organisers of Comdex UK 97 outlined their plans to increase attendance at next year?s show. But Softbank?s overtures to some exhibitors is falling on deaf ears.
Richard Hease, general manager of Softbank UK, said that his company had struck a deal with UK publishing company Emap which will mean a better show for trade and visitors.
He said: ?We?re moving the show to Earls Court 1. We?ve done a deal with Empa to do the Internet show and I?m expecting Microsoft, Uunet and BT to attend.? Over 200 exhibitors were already signed for the show, he said, which will also include Object World, all under one roof.
But a disgruntled exhibitor at last year?s exhibition said that he would not sign his company to attend for Comdex 97, despite the improvements. ?We?ll wait and see,? said Alan Stanley, MD of memory distributor Dane Elec. ?It it?s anything like last year, it?s not in anyone?s interest to go.?
Hease said that the revamped show will run in tandem with an IT 2000 conference, including discussion on the millenium problem, European monetary union, compatibility and the Internet.
Tim Berners-Lee, the brain behind the World Wide Web, had already confirmed his attendance, Hease said.
Softbank and Emap have truncated Comdex 97 to three rather than four days, Hease said, and expected to attract more corporate visitors.
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