Writing for the Boston Globe , James Collins fleshes out new details about IDG World Expo’s future plans for Macworld Conference & Expo in a new article entitled
City officials fear Apple expo may not return.
Mirroring details previously offered rival newspaper the Boston Herald , Collins noted that IDG World Expo CEO David Korse “has launched an internal study to determine whether the show should be returned to Boston.” IDG World Expo, then headed by former CEO Charlie Greco, announced last September that the show would move back to Boston after several years in New York.
Collins quotes Mass. Convention Center Authority executive director Jim Rooney as saying that there are doubts about “the future of the East Coast show in general,” not just that plans for Boston are in question.
The Globe article also said that Korse has made it clear that if there is a future show, it will be known as CreativePro. “Macworld is only going to happen once a year, in January, in California,” Korse said.
He said that IDG World Expo’s current plan for the show “is very different from what Charlie Greco envisioned.” Greco left IDG World Expo earlier this year.
Although official attendance numbers have not yet been offered by IDG World Expo, Collins quotes New York City’s official convention bureau, NYC & Co., who pegged the number at “less than 40,000.”
Rooney, defending Boston as a convention venue to the last, intimated that IDG’s decision to bring the east coast Macworld Expo show to New York led to its downfall. He said the show “spent 5 years in New York and deteriorated.”