There are currently two major web hosting conferences and exhibitions each year -Â HostingCon, which is held in the United States in the summer months andÂ WebhostingDay, which is held in the spring season in Germany. This is the fifth year for both conferences, and WebhostingDay 2009 is fast approaching. The dates of the conference are March 18-20 2009. The conference location is the city of Bruehl, Germany – which is about 25 kilometers outside Cologne. The venue isÂ Phantasialand which looks to have a few pretty killer roller coasters in addition to some themed hotels and restaurants.
Logic would dictate that a trade show held in this current economic environment would be in deep trouble. After all, many cities that rely on trade shows for their livelihood are reporting significant pullback in demand (for example Las Vegas, Nevada). Additionally, small and medium sized businesses around the world are contracting and even going out of business due to the economic tsunami that has washed over the planet. However, according to the organizers of WebhostingDay 2009, not only is the conference not suffering, the event is nearly sold out some two weeks prior to the opening day. It looks to be an unqualified success.
Show creator and organizer, Mr. Thomas Strohe revealed that the pre-registrations for WebhostingDay 2009 are running at 80 percent above the same time last year. According to Mr. Strohe there are over 2,000 attendees signed up for the event. Notably, the Phantasialand location can only accommodate 2,300 total attendees – so it looks likely that the conference will be at capacity come March 18. Mr. Strohe and his staff also mentioned that as of a few days ago there were only 20 hotel rooms left within a 25 kilometer radius of the event. Therefore, if you are a hosting professional who was considering attending WebhostingDay this year it would seem prudent to register immediately and secure a hotel room as well.
The show will be conducted in English, although with so many European countries represented it seems likely that one will hear dozens of languages being spoken in Bruehl. One attendee from the UK is a developer with UKÂ hosting firm 34SP.com. Phil Robinson has this to say about the conference, ”Since I have never been to a hosting conference before I don’t have a great deal of preconceptions. I am expecting to network with other website hosting industry professionals in a relaxed atmosphere. The conference sessions look like they will be interesting and contribute to my understanding of the current state of the European web hosting business.”
In terms of the conference sessions, many are devoted to topics of a more technical nature. You can see a complete listing of conference topics and sessions here.
Another attendee is Mr. Dimitar Avramov. Mr. Avramov, who is the creator and editor of theÂ Daw Web Hosting Blog described his plans for before the conference and during, ”I’m originally from Bulgaria, so prior to my WebhostingDay trip I’ll be in Milan, Italy and when the conference ends I’m going to Amsterdam on business. I’m planning to have 2 days for sightseeing as well. You know Europe is a great continent. It is easy to travel and to do business. There are also thousands of wonderful historical places. I know there are some wonderful castles around Cologne (Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Bruehl), part of UNESCO world heritage. I’m definitely going to see theÂ Cathedral. As a media representative and blogger my expectations are a little bit different than those that other participants might have. Most of them will go to WebhostingDay to do business. I’ll be there to cover the event, and to engage in networking.”
Event creator Mr. Strohe concluded, ”We are also happy about the fact that many people from abroad, even from outside of Europe, have registered to join the event. This stresses the international character – and importance – of the event. And a great percentage of the registered attendees comes from the CEO or CTO level, which is a sign of the event’s high quality regarding both visitors and exhibitors. As organizers of WebhostingDay, we would also like to express our gratitude to all sponsors of WebhostingDay for having their share in making the event worth attending.”