IDG Cancels 'Macworld On Tour' Road Show; Another City Possible

Tradeshow company IDG World Expo has postponed its "Macworld On Tour" conference in Kissimmee, Fla. and plans on re-scheduling the event for later this year, possibly in another city, a company spokesman confirmed to The Mac Observer Tuesday night.

The company said in a statement that the number of people who had signed up for the March, conference-centric event had not been as good as the company had expected.

"Based on the response to the current content, we thought it best to postpone and review our plan," the statement read. "Since this is a new show, we are looking for the right balance of content and relevance for our audience."

A company spokesman told TMO Tuesday night the number of people who had signed up so far for the event was "not as good as we would have liked," but that the company "was committed to making the road show work" at "another time and another place."

The conference was announced January 6 and was to have been held March 9-10 at the Radisson WorldGate Resort. The focus of the conference was advanced sessions featuring digital photography, digital video, Mac OS X hints and a "Super Session" of training on "Tiger", Appleis next version release of Max OS X. Basic user sessions were also planned focusing on Apple iLife suite, Microsoft Office and an introduction to Mac maintenance.

"This show is based largely on the interest of the local user group community," the spokesman said. "Our job now is to find the right mix with Mac users that will make this show a success."

"We just needed more time to make this a success," the spokesman said. "We will notify the community as soon as the new Macworld On Tour is ready. Weill now go back, look at the situation, and find the right solution."

The spokesman was cautious in announcing the event will still take place in Kissimmee, saying, "we are leaving our options open as to where this event will ultimately end up."

Although not to the extent of MacExpo, held each year in Boston and San Francisco, the road show was to have had a limited number of exhibitors, the company said.