I was not at RIBEX 2004 so I have no personal experience of how the show went. However through my work for the 'International Motorcycle Show' at the NEC with around 200,000 visitors per year, I do have some experience of staging exhibitions.
At the 'International Motorcycle Show' the first public day, known as 'preview day', the cost of entry is twice that of every other day. This is so that you can pay extra and come on a day that there are less visitors. About 12,000 people decide to do that. Others prefer to come when there are larger crowds, such as at the weekends when there are about 25,000 visitors. So you see it is not easy to get the balance correct for everyone.
Different perople will have different opinions about the same event. the 'International Motorcycle Show', which is one of the biggest public shows at the NEC, employs the services of a market research company to gather details of visitors opinions about the show. It is always interesting to see how different peoples' opinions can be about the same thing. Many people will say they liked one particular aspect of the show and some may say they thought it was rubbish. The show organisers always respond to the information gathered.
You should let the organisers of RIBEX know if you have any gripes or praise about their show. I am sure that HMS and his team would welcome any constructive critisism. It is of course in their interest to produce a show that is popular with the majority of their visitors.
You can contact the RIBEX organisers here: firstname.lastname@example.org
It will only take you as much time as it did to post on this forum, and you are guaranteed to have your views heard by the people who can change things.
Posting your views on the forum is good, but please let the organisers know as well.
Keith (how about a SIBEX) Hart