Re: Fees, Conference P&L Are Irrelevant

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Posted by Irwin Kirsch on January 13, 1999 at 17:39:35:

In Reply to: Re: Conferences - Fees posted by Jerry Silverman on January 11, 1999 at 00:18:57:


I think you are way off track in wanting the conferences to make public their financial statements. It is none of our business. Attendance at a rug convention should be made strictly on cost vs. benefit to each individual making the decision. This is not rocket science. Remember Econ 101--Supply vs. Demand? If ICOC costs get too high, less people will attend and may switch to another regional or local, or ACOR. What the organizers of the conferences should do is to monitor the attendance (I would factor out the number of rug dealers since cost isn't as much a factor because of some help with US tax rightoffs--also look at percentages of local vs. foreign (or out of state) visitors, since cost also comes into play). In time, these smart organizing officials will notice the trends, and if negative, may decide to reduce fees, schedule conferences in less expensive cities, or not have them as frequently.


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