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    Early Bird pricing

    Is it just me or did the price nearly double from two years ago? Looking at our bookkeeping, the early bird rate was $280 and the exhibition-only early bird rate was $60. This year the rate is $500 for the full conference and $200 for exhibits.

    Is there normally this much fluctuation as the venue changes?
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    It sure has gone up.
    They have also increased the prices of the full conference pass.
    I think they should keep the prices stable as now HostingCon will happen in EU, India and China as well. Its possible the turn out at HostingCon USA will decline a little bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FRH Lisa View Post
    Is it just me or did the price nearly double from two years ago?
    Yep, and no opt-out of lunch this time either
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    I was planning on attending during my 2014 USA holiday
    Simply to see what was on offer (no business deals), any business deals would then be concluded on my return (which a visitors ESTA allows)
    However, at $500 and requiring to show a US Business Class VISA for entry, it sadly isn't going to happen
    Oh well, there's $500 to spend on something else...

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    Quote Originally Posted by astutiumRob View Post
    Yep, and no opt-out of lunch this time either
    Agreed. I didnt like the lunch last time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by astutiumRob View Post
    Yep, and no opt-out of lunch this time either
    Ah, that's it. $40 per meal per person. As long as we're getting steak (and open bar!) at each meal. But that means we'd need to forego all the networking opportunities that happen from hitting the local steakhouse / pub / brewhouse / burger joint with other companies and attendees. To be honest, most of our networking and value came from outside-the-convention networking and the tradeshow itself.

    We may just book tradeshow-only this year, and catch up with everyone in the hotel / after-convention events / bar crawls / etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    Simply to see what was on offer (no business deals), any business deals would then be concluded on my return (which a visitors ESTA allows)
    In 2012 FRH Dave did the sessions + tradeshow and I came along on a tradeshow-only pass. Dave reported that many of the sessions were pretty mediocre and/or poorly presented. On the other hand the tradeshow was definitely fun. We made quite a few contacts that we still work with today. A few vendors turned up their nose at talking to us once they learned how small we were, but we also made some really good connections that we still work with today.

    Networking was the single biggest benefit. Since most of the networking occurred outside the sessions, and given the price hike for this year, we're thinking of doing a tradeshow-only pass this year.
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