The group’s CEO, Rick Feldman, outlined changes in store for next year’s gathering in Miami Beach to solve problems including overcrowded elevators and adding more exhibit space and meeting rooms.
The 2011 NATPE conference at Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau Hotel last January was marred by long lines of attendees trying to get up the elevators to visit the suites of TV syndicators and other exhibitors.
In an e-mail to exhibitors and attendees today, NATPE President Rick Feldman promised that it would not happen again. “We have been working with the management [of the resort]…to resolve the first year’s challenges, big and small that you experienced,” he says.
Among the planned changes for 2012, NATPE is:
- Taking one half of the Tresor’s suite exhibitor inventory and allocating those suites to the other buildings within the hotel. Spreading the exhibition inventory throughout the hotel footprint will relieve the elevator backup considerably.
- Offering additional exhibition meeting room options (not available in 2011) in the Versailles tower.
- Making available additional exhibit space by moving the Digital Theater off the show floor.
- Contacting the local marina and yacht companies to offer rentable slips at the dock across the street from the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc.
- Creating new lounges and designated meeting spaces to allow for important meetings to take place.
The 2012 conference is slated for Jan. 23-25.