The mood has been generally upbeat at VenueConnect -- the 87th annual conference and trade show for the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) -- which is running July 27-30 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The conference, which attracts those in the business of public assembly and executives from convention centers, arenas, performing arts centers, civic centers, theaters, etc., was well attended (though trade show exhibitors were down), most noticeably among ticketing companies.
Billboard was there, though, and a steady stream of arena managers stopped by the Billboard booth to catch up on details of the 10th Annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, set for Nov. 13-14 at the Roosevelt Hotel in NYC. That conference is programmed by Billboard’s Ray Waddell, who was set to moderate a panel of agents and promoters at VenueConnect later today. In general, arena managers are reporting steady-to-strong business this year, though arena managers in secondary markets did report issues in attracting solid ticket sellers to their respective markets.