Originally Posted by someone123
Yeah, that was sad. One of many instances where the facts take a back seat when preaching to the choir. In the end however Alan Ruffman et al. have not been very successful at obstructing progress, thankfully.
A lot of people seem to think they "know" that industries like conventions are dying, but actually they are just speculating.
Yeah, speculation based on their "hunch"... just like how the world is going to end tomorrow.
Its all b/s. First of all, the "convention / trade show industry" isn't even an industry per se and it varies in success by the growth of specific industries. There are more information technology / ecommerce type of trade shows than ever in the past. Think about it... that industry didn't even really exist 30 years ago in the way it does now.
There has been an explosion in the growth of "green" conferences and trade shows. Nobody was having business-environment shows 20 years ago.
Industrial products will always have trade shows... its a convergence of industry, government and even academia. A foreign buyer needs the touch and feel of a product and its more cost effective for firms to sell in this way.
I don't even want to address the arguments of the other side because they aren't supported by any real evidence.
Furthermore, the whole judgement on how to spend public dollars is stupid. More money goes to support things that have no positive economic return for the government. Even at a loss, its one of the best vehicles to support regional business, particularly SME because it brings buyers to NS/Halifax/Canada.
Businesses employ people and giving them a venue is better than all these ridiculous loans you hear about in the maritimes.
I don't get why people think TCL is soo bad either? They've been in a sub par building for years.
I would be embarrassed to work in international business in Halifax and have to take foreign buyers to the current WTCC.