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How are the dema show location and timing selected?

Discussion in 'Dive Industry News' started by DiveNewsWire, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. DiveNewsWire

    DiveNewsWire Scuba Media & Publications

    DEMAShow_DNW-100x100.png DEMAShow_DNW-100x100.png DEMA Show, the annual trade-only event for the dive industry, attracts almost 10,000 diving professionals each year. DEMA Show venues are selected to create the best trade show experience, taking into account the diverse geographic, show timing and overall cost needs of Attendees and Exhibitors. Venues are selected three to five years in advance of…
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  2. diversteve

    diversteve always tired Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Has is EVER been anywhere but Vegas and Orlando?
  3. Wookie

    Wookie Curmudgeon Apprentice ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    Best shows were in New Orleans. Worst ever shows in Houston, Miami, Miami Beach, and San Francisco. I hate it in Vegas and Orlando, but it's better to have a boring but decent venue than a really bad one. I'd sure like to go back to New Orleans, though.
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  4. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    I'm curious. Why were Houston, SF, miami and Miami beach, the worst? What's the magic?
  5. Wookie

    Wookie Curmudgeon Apprentice ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    For the show boothholder: San Francisco convention center has an extremely strong union. Most venues will allow you to carry in your own booth if you can hand carry it, but in San Francisco, a teamster had to do it. It doubled the cost of a booth. San Francisco overall is very expensive.

    Miami Beach is terrible to deal with the traffic. There is no parking anywhere nearby. It's horrendously expensive.

    Houston was just a terrible show. I don't know why, but the lethargy was exceptional. Houston is actually a pretty good place to live, but who would ever want to visit there?

    New Orleans was the bomb. It's relatively inexpensive to stay there, the partying is exceptional, the food is awesome, and it's right in the middle of the country. Too bad it will be underwater soon.
  6. RJP

    RJP Scuba Media & Publications

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New Jersey
    Which could make for an interesting site for a diving trade show...
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  7. scubasprout

    scubasprout Dive Shop

  8. KevinNM

    KevinNM DIR Practitioner

    Outrageously expensive labor. You need a union electrician to run a power cord, a union decorator to put your banner on the table, a union teamster to move your gear from the dock to the table, etc.
  9. mdb

    mdb ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    Having attended many DEMA shows, starting with the 1st one in Miami, I agree with the Captain that New Orleans was always a favorite venue for all the reasons listed.
    After Katrina New Orleans lost a lot of convention business. It is now coming back. It would be, IMO, a good choice for a 3rd spot in the DEMA SHOW rotation.
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  10. SeaCobra

    SeaCobra Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: West Chester, PA
    The locale needs to be warm as many exhibitors are coming from warmer destinations and are not equipped for cold weather.
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