Developer's Conference in Vegas?
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Thu Dec 21 11:24:36 EST 2006
Devin Asay wrote:
> Actually Vegas, because of massive subsidies from the casinos, is
> very affordable. BUT... Vegas in late summer!?!?!?! Can you say 120°
> F? Okay, how about 49°C? April or May, October or November, okay.
> Vegas in August is hot, crowded, hot, and hot. Did I mention it's
> really hot then? :-)
I talked with Lynn about the being in the desert in the hottest part of
summer, and he agreed that it would be worthwhile to also look into more
temperate options like Los Angeles or San Francisco. Not sure why that
wasn't reflected in the newsletter.
Of the two, LA has a great many venues and three airports to choose
from, but is more car-dependent. San Francisco is perhaps second only
to NYC in terms of getting around easily without a car, but far less
expensive than NYC (though I wouldn't mind going to NY if that was the
The casino subsidy is a factor, though: it's easier to find affordable
venues in Vegas than most other places for that reason. It would be
helpful if one of the SF locals might drop a note to Lynn if you know of
affordable venues there.
While RR doesn't need the Moscone Center, even an inexpensive venue will
present an ROI challenge for whomever puts this together. Not even
Mitch Hall makes a profit some years, and he specializes in that
business. It's a very difficult business to be in, almost guaranteed to
lose money most of the time in hopes of someday landing The Big One (I
used to work in a promo company; glad to be in software now <g>). It's
unrealistic for a software vendor like RR to expect to break even; the
trick is merely to try to minimize the loss as much as possible. An
affordable venue will help that happen.
Then again, I do rather like the idea of RR partnering with Sims for an
event in Malta again, or perhaps Rome. Rome's airport is very
efficient, and the city is easy to get around via mass transit. Ah, and
the food, the wine, the history, the Smart cars....
Richard Gaskin Managing Editor, revJournal
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