Has the San Diego Comic-Con been flirting with other cites?
But, it’s not so much a case of SDCC having roving eyes as other, dashing convention centers becoming entranced with her sparkling banners and porcelain attendance figures, according to this piece by Helen Kaiao Chang.Some of these other convention centers have become quite bold with their advances.
Managers from the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau (LACVB), Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) all confirmed they have been actively pursuing Comic-Con International’s organizers to possibly relocate to their cities.
“There’s no question that we have pursued that business,” said Michael Krouse, senior vice president sales at LACVB. “We would just be foolish not to. It’s a perfect piece of business for us.”
Of the three suitors, Anaheim is a solid family man, sensible, stable…maybe just looking to bring a little more excitement to his life. Or to put it another way, the Anaheim Convention Center holds only 90,000 people so forget that.
The Las Vegas CVA is a high roller, a big man with big plans. San Diego would fit right in with his stable of fancy showgirls and glitzy singers. But…it’s not like they’re going to get married or anything. Or, as a spokesperson put it, “There has been no formal development.”
And then there’s LA. Always so near…watching, dreaming. Wondering what it would be like. Yes, if any other city can be said to be ardently wooing San Diego, it is LA. They have someone on the case year round. And Krouse gets a little gleam in his eye, a little quickness in his step, when he thinks of what could be.
“We have never stopped pursuing them,” Krouse said.
This article is a must-read just for this chart, which lays out how much, how big and how many. Wait until you see how much LA would charge Comic-Con to rent the space! And like any good divorce case, there are dates and times of meetings. It’s all there.
San Diego Convention Center, don’t let your woman get away! You need to pay attention to her needs! Take her to a nice dinner, get a bottle of good Bordeaux, buy her some flowers and some extra security for road crossings. Other men are looking at her….and they mean business.