At a media briefing at Sydney's PCIT 99 yesterday, Graeme Selby, managing director of show organiser Australian Exhibition Services (AES), slammed the announcement that Comdex was coming to Sydney.
In a prepared response to the Ziff Davis announcement that it was bringing Comdex to Sydney, coinciding with Networld+Interop 99 and Comdex Las Vegas, Selby branded the show as "an American concept with no relevance to Australia".
"It offers nothing more than a bandaid for N+I and a black hole for IT companies in which to pour valuable marketing dollars," Selby said.
"The PCIT exhibitions are not only business events, they are also trade events," he claimed. "We attract nearly 3000 dealers and resellers Australia-wide, and this year sees the inaugural ChannelWorld, which emphasises our dealer focus."
Selby announced that as of next year the AES-owned computer exhibition would drop PC from the name and simply be known as IT2000. He said that this reflected the move away from a technology-based exhibition to one focused on "business solutions based on the application of information technology".