The annual Queensland PC show which has been a September staple in Brisbane for nearly 15 years won't be staged this year. A decision to pull the plug on this year's show was made by Australian Exhibition Services (AES), which runs the PC 96 shows in Sydney and Melbourne and bought the rights to the Brisbane show earlier this year.
The move does not affect the PC 96 Brisbane show scheduled for next May which has attracted record levels of commitment from exhibitors, according to AES Queensland Manager James Curtain.
AES was in the process of repositioning the September show more firmly as a home PC users' event compared with the corporate-oriented May event. But it failed to attract sufficient exhibitors and the final straw for AES came when three companies in one week withdrew their undertakings to exhibit at the show. The poor response reflects tight margins and generally weak conditions affecting the Queensland reseller market. Another factor was the shorter time frame AES had to prepare for the show after purchasing it from its previous operator, Woodland Exhibitions.
Curtain labels the situation a "temporary hiccup" and says AES is discussing strategies for staging the show in September, 1997. Based on feedback from the public, there is a definite need for a home computer show in Brisbane, he said.