Originally Posted by Nuvite-F
Update: 448 showing on the board this morning.
The International attendance has been going downhill since 1976 when it was over well 4000.
It appears the slide has drastically accelerated in the last 3 years with attendance now down another 50% since 2009.
A 50 % drop in 3 years
Undoubtedly there are many reasons that would contribute to this.
Part of the problem could be as simple as "been there, done that" you can only see so many seminars and opening ceremonies before there is not much new left.
Some blame fuel costs. I don't take that one too seriously. diesel fuel was pushing $5.00 a gallon in 2008 and yet Bozeman, more or less in the middle of nowhere, pulled about 800. The economy was on the way down at the time also.
Good vendors help but they won't be there if it is too expensive for them and of course the lower the attendance the fewer the vendors
The same can be said for entertainment, I don't think that is a big reason to attend and of course as attendance drops the available funds to hire some one worth seeing drops also
Cost.. For a 7 or 8 day attendee the cost is around $70.00 a day, and you don't even get a "free meal" unless you are among the elite.
The rally cost was affectively increased by $200 for those of us (28% at madison) who would choose 3 amp or generator.
This last is why we aren't there. I will spend the money for fuel to cross the country but I will NOT pay an extra $25 per day for hook ups. For those who want or need them that is ok, but it ain't all of us.
The rally has been profitable the last 2 years and it would appear with good management this rally could be done at a cost of $400 with hookups.
I am not against the hookups. I am against paying $25 a day for them.
I would probably attend a $ 400 international
For us, having attended 15 or so internationals the main reason for attending is to see our friends in the vintage club and the ham radio club.
We seem to be able to find many of these friends at alternative events, TAC rallies, Pocono, or The Radio Club Rally in Orlando, for example, and we haven't even had a chance to try alumapalooza or any forum rallies yet.
The International is obviously in a death spiral and probably won't be around in a few more years unless there is serious change.
End of rant
In Ohio on they way to the bash