European web hosting conference and exhibition, WebhostingDay 2009, has reached capacity and is no longer accepting new registrants. The show will be held from March 18-20, 2009 in the Phantasialand theme park in Bruehl near Cologne, Germany. According to the show’s organizers, pre-registrations had been running at 80% above last year’s levels indicating that there was a high degree of interest in WebhostingDay 2009. The venue in Bruehl was capable of handling 2,500 attendees.
Founder and organizer of WebhostingDay, Thomas Strohe commented, ”The event is sold out with about 2,500 registered top-class representatives from the hosting industry and online registration has been closed on March 6. Also both of the Phantasialand hotels as well as our backup hotel in Bruehl are sold out. However, since some people might not come to the event in spite of having registered, there is still the opportunity to register directly on-site. The regular attendance fee is charged then.”
So if you are feeling very lucky, you could just show up at the event and see if there are any spots that have gone unclaimed. That wouldn’t help you with the hotel accommodations though. The show organizers confirmed yesterday that every hotel room within a 25 kilometer radius of WebhostingDay is booked up. So how is it that this European web hosting conference and trade show is sold out – when other trade events are suffering? Take for example CES (the Consumer Electronics Tradeshow) held in January in Las Vegas – attendance was down 22 percent from last year. The magazine for the tradeshow industry, Tradeshow Week is reporting that ”the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry found that 62 of show organizers around the world saw their businesses decline in 2008. Nearly 70 percent said they expect at least a 10-percent decrease in revenue in the first half of this year.” This would have you thinking that the WebhostingDay show would be suffering. It’s not.
Here are a few thoughts from industry experts on why the show is so popular this year.
Manuel Jaffrin is the EMEA Business Development Manager in the Web Industry Practice at Sun Microsystems. Mr. Jaffrin explained the attraction of WebhostingDay to Sun, ”The current economic climate obliges every single company to look at new and innovative solutions to cope with the current rise in demand for their Web infrastructure while maintaining low costs. The Web 2.0 industry has created a massive culture of participation which is now extending to the enterprise. The demand for efficient, cheap and flexible hosting solutions is booming. Cloud computing is emerging as a possible answer to many of the current limitations our customer are facing.”
cPanel will be an exhibitor at WebhostingDay 2009. Dave Koston with cPanel explained why cPanel sees value in the show, ”We have many partners in Europe and most do not travel to the U.S. for HostingCon or the cPanel Conference. It is only natural that we travel to Europe to meet with our existing partners and gain exposure to new partners.”
First time attendee, Phil Robinson, is a developer and programmer with UK business hosting company 34SP.com. Mr. Robinson noted, ”Trade shows are the ultimate in a very fast education in the up to the moment technologies and techniques. It is important to keep abreast of new developments in hosting and virtualization right now, as things are moving quite quickly. The fact that the world is experiencing an economic slowdown doesn’t mean that technology will pause until conditions improve.”
WebhostingDay founder, Mr. Strohe added these thoughts on why the show is succeeding in these tough economic times, ”The reason might be the large number of famous partner companies who contribute with talks and exhibitions. Moreover, it is the great success of the previous events which made many people come back. And in Europe, there is no other event that unites so many top level executives from such great and important companies. It is an ideal opportunity for people from the hosting sector to come together, to network and to form new business relationships. Therefore, the relatively low investment for coming to the event gives a very good return. You might even go as far as to say: the event is a must for every member of the web hosting industry, especially when doing business in Europe, because it is the right place to meet the right people.”