ALSO I would like to add that many vendors complained about the very high booth prices for the last 3 DJ Expos which is why they have lost many vendors who realized they can't make money doing the show. Will the EXPO reduce booth prices to try to attract vendors and/or to keep the ones they currently have committed from backing out.
They keep it in Atlantic City because it’s close to the tri-state area with the highest concentration of people. At A/C Majority of the people drive in to A/C. It is reachable by car from over 8 states and at least 5 airports if you rent a car. NYC would likely be their first choice but that’s way too Expensive. In the 80’s I attended the New Music Semiar conferenc in NYC. Those shows where great with evening events at many of the big clubs. Years ago DJ Times tried LA. Las Vegas is where the other guys are, FL would have too many distractions and wouldn’t be cheap. The only places I will consider flying into would be LA, Vegas, Orlando maybe Miami, Chicago or Dallas. Vegas by far is the Easiest the fly into, between CES, Mobile Beat & Nightclub and bar conferences I’ve been there too many times.
In most years, it also ran concurrently with Promo Only's Summer Sessions, an Atlantic City convention for radio programmers and mixshow hosts held at a nearby hotel (usually the Showboat next door to the Taj, once at the Borgata, and at Harrah's in 2018). Those incredible Tuesday night parties at the House of Blues only happened because of Promo Only's involvement.
2018 was the last year of the Summer Sessions, which is why the Tuesday night party isn't what it used to be. I'm pretty sure that DJ Times sticks with Atlantic City because it's cheap to produce the show there, it has hotel options in every price range, and they don't have to keep people entertained in between seminars and events. A show at Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun would be expensive to produce, and even more expensive for attendees.
Yes when Promo Only stopped producing their show on Tuesday, at least for me that told a lot away from the Expo. I lost count how many good artists I saw at PO showcases. The last year they finally put some chairs in the House of Blues for us old guys to sit. I remember I told Jim, how do you expect us old guys to stand all day at the exhibit hall then stand all night watching all the artists.