MACWORLD Goes Back To Beantown?

MACWORLD New Yorkis days may be numbered. IDG World Expo is considering a move, possibly as soon as 2004, for the worldis largest Macintosh expo due to a combination of rising prices from the Javits Center and an attractive offer from Bostonis new convention center. According to a recent article on NYPOST.COM:

...Javits raised 2003 prices for the main floor of its convention hall by 10 percent to 12 percent, confirmed Myles McGrane, Javits Center vice president of operations.

Javits notified IDG of a labor price increase - effective immediately - two weeks before MacWorld.

Despite the fact that attendance dropped more than 9 percent this year, the show is still important to New York in terms of revenue. From the article:

"[MacWorld] is one of the more lucrative shows for New York City," confirmed Christyne Nicholas, president and CEO of NYC & Co., the cityis convention and visitors bureau. "The show conservatively brings in about $4 million."

There has been no official announcement from IDG regarding a change in venue for future expos. You can read the article in full at NYPOST.COM.