updated 03:15 pm EDT, Fri October 12, 2001
Lynn Fredricks that Apple and IDG have rescheduled Macworld Tokyo 2002 from its traditional February date to late March (21st-23rd) and its location to the Tokyo Big Site convention center, which he says could be detrimental for the conference because of "much higher" air/ground transportation and hotels costs due to Spring Break travel:
"Those of you who frequent the floor and sit down with local vendors know that over the last few years, the number of local vendors and distributors have lessened or cut back on their presense. MacWorld Tokyo's attendance numbers have not only lost "headcount" but also the type of "head" has changed from the Macintosh professional to those who visit because they got tickets for free or cheap and need to burn off a Saturday afternoon (Ever see those guys selling tickets down by the subway station?). Rather than improve the image of the show, IDG Japan, and I assume Apple Japan, have elected to make matters worse."