Hurry, children, hurry. Only a few Thursday and Sunday tickets are left. We thought it would be sold out in April, but it looks like there will be slots available through May. Going for a single day may not be such a bad idea if you’re looking to get a taste of the big show.
As a reminder, professional registration ends May 5; press registration ends June 8.
§ We were cleaning out our email and came across this news bit from last week: San Diego Center Breaks Records.
The San Diego Convention Center announced record-breaking numbers for the 2008 fiscal year, which ended June 30. According to its Fiscal Year 2008 Annual Report, the convention center generated an economic impact of $1.8 billion, up 15.4 percent from $1.56 billion in fiscal year 2007, and $32 million in tax revenues for the city, up 27 percent from $25.2 million a year earlier.
And what were the shows that contributed to this record breaking year?
Some of the highest revenue- and attendance-generating events held at the SDCC in the last fiscal year were the Society of Neuroscience’s annual meeting, Neuroscience, Nov. 3-7, 2007, which generated $133 million in economic impact and had 32,000 attendees; Siggraph Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Technologies, Aug. 7-9, 2007, $99.9 million in economic impact and 24,043 attendees; and Biotechnology Industry Organization Intl. Convention, June 17-20, $84.8 million in economic impact and 20,408 attendees.
Other notable shows included the Winter Fancy Food Show, Jan. 13-15, 2008, with an economic impact of $66.5 million and 16,000 attendees; Comic Con Intl., July 26-29, 2007, $41.6 million and 125,000 attendees; and Global Pet Expo, Feb. 14-16, 2008, $41.4 million and 9,963 attendees.
We’ll say one thing, those neuroscientists really know how to live it up!