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  1. Hotels

    So I went to talk to the staff working on hotels, but their dog wouldn't let me ask anything: In all seriousness, yes we will absolutely announce the opening of hotels before we actually open them. It should be on our website, here, and on all the social media (facebook, twitter, etc).
  2. Hotels

    Well part of the problem is that we are also dealing with groups that are external to us. So while we think we are close, if the folks on the other side are taking their time, need to go through a supervisor, go on vacation, or if they come back with a proposed change; we now have to deal with an updated timeline, as we have to look and decide if we agree to the change, make a counter-proposal, etc. Believe me, it's probably more frustrating to us than it is to you as we have been back and forth internally on this process a number of times now.
  3. Hotels

    Oh crap, the secret is out!
  4. Hotels 2018?

    It probably hasn't, but that's part of the "fun" of negotiations with hotels in a new space.
  5. Hotels

    Last I heard we are closer to announcing, as most of the stuff on our side has been shifted the way we want it. I think we are just waiting on confirmations all around that we are good to go, and to make sure we give folks enough lead time to be ready for it.
  6. Hotels 2018?

    For the record it is still being worked on, as negotiating changes between several hotels takes time. On the bright side this should mean more rooms closer to the convention center for the initial opening. Again, when this opens it is not planned to be a surprise.
  7. Number of attendees?

    I missed this one earlier, part part of the empty feeling is that the exhibition space in DC is significantly bigger than it was in Baltimore.
  8. Suggestion: bring back daily passes

    Yeah I've found Amazon is a little sneaky about smile when you go to buy things, but as long as you checkout from a smile.amazon.com page it will apply. As for us, we've had it set up for a little over a year now, the problem with getting the word out is tied into the solicitation rules. Amazon doesn't want to get involved either so they make theirs a little more stringent to cover their butts. But Otakorp is an option out there if you look for it.
  9. Hotels 2018?

    Yeah it's going slower than we hoped, as one of our key hotel contacts went on vacation last week. Most of the room block allocations are for where we put staff and guests and the like, so you guys won't notice much of a difference - although it may open up more rooms in some hotels. When we are ready to announce it we plan to give you some lead time to be ready.
  10. Suggestion: bring back daily passes

    I'll second Kim's post on how to donate to Otakorp. Contacting our help desk will get you towards the right people in a better documented fashion. After that you basically would send us a check, and depending on the amount receive a thank you letter from us. I will add that one of the reasons it is difficult to find out how to donate is that we cannot solicit donations outside of our membership directly without spending a lot of time registering and reporting our efforts to various state agencies, which depending on what state you are talking about includes posting a "donate here" button on our website. However, if you got any of the email newsletters that we sent out, towards the bottom of the email there was a link to one way to indirectly donate funds to Otakorp (which helps Otakon). Other than that, if you want to offset everyone's registration costs by $5, you'd basically need to donate $125,000, by $10 would be twice that, etc. Of course it should be noted that when a donation comes in we may choose to only accept it with the caveat that we get to choose how to spend it.
  11. Number of attendees?

    The tricky thing with dealers is that a single vendor can purchase a number of booths, and that sometimes makes it hard to tell what the total number in the room is based on the number of tables.
  12. Suggestion: bring back daily passes

    So to tie up some lose ends, a daily pass is risky because anything that looks like a ticket and acts like a ticket, will likely be considered a ticket. And at that point we will essentially be subject to both sales tax and entertainment tax on all membership sales, because the membership would also be considered a ticket. Now if it came to it, we could fight that designation in court, but until it was ruled one way or another we'd have to be collecting the tax from everyone along with paying various legal fees and it is generally a mess to avoid. That being said, as we set up our budget plans for the 2018 fiscal year (it starts Nov. 1st), if we look over all the pro's and con's and decide to go the route where we would move down the path to tickets for Otakon, then we'd have to figure out pricing and would probably incorporate the taxes into the price structure. What exactly would change on the price side is hard to say since we'd be moving to a brand new attendance model. What gets trickier to account for is that there are a bunch of related expenses that tie into registration and the different types of badges. For example, figuring out different badges, training security and staff, reconfiguring registration setup, figuring out rules on badge transfers and upgrades, determining the inpact on various vendor contracts that have clauses for private vs. ticketed events, and so on. After that we'd have to doublecheck on how going to tickets was impacted by the corporate bylaws. To make the changeover would not be easy, but if we determined that it was something we needed to do it could be done. Also odds are with the effort involved it would be a one-way decision.
  13. Number of attendees?

    I believe the question you really wanted to ask was "When will then be now?"
  14. Number of attendees?

    Unless something pops up to hinder it, this will be going out on several channels tomorrow.
  15. Number of attendees?

    We do have something together, just working on coordinating the announcement and such. Should be released soon.