Amazing how 2 people can have such a different experience of the show.
The show is quiet, a lot quieter than organisers and exhibitors would like it to be, however this is surely good for buyers. I canít comprehend shoppers that like to shop at busy times and be in the middle of a huge Saturday crowd.
I know a few of the stands got fed up as yesterday evening (no excuse but itís a long day exhibiting 1000-2100) as it was pretty empty and wandered of leaving their stand unmanned. I fully agree they let the show down and themselves down.
Today on all accounts seems to have been somewhat busier. Although the footfall has been low, Iíve processed more credit card sales than our daily average at the Southampton show.
I think to try and compare it with Excel you looking at a different beast. Credit Crunch/recession whatever you want to call it reduces foot fall.
However location is location whatever anyone says, Earlís Court is better for most people. Excel is stuck in the middle of no where. Indoor pool, more features, nicer venue (in my opinion), only on for one weekend. These are all plus features for exhibitors and visitors alike.
So the big motor boats are not there, lets be honest some of these companies could not afford to be there anyway but whose buying them anyway.
I hope for the sake of the show more people visit this weekend, Saturday is traditionally the busier day, however if we keep to todayís sales figures for the next two days I will be content.