I would agree with this completely and, in fact, my trade decided this 20 years ago with many only having biennial conferences and trade shows and all of them compressed into 3-4 days whereas before some went on for two weeks!
At its worst I used to do up to one show a month, my worst month a few years ago saw me in Italy, Brazil, USA, China and Germany. Very tiring. This year only one show so far, possibly Italy in October and none earmarked for next year yet and I do know many others are considering similar.
If it were only that easy. I presented a paper and a web demonstration actually doing this in both 1994 and 1995. That freaked a lot of people since 90+% had never even heard of the Net at that time. Lots of people could see the big picture and lots of companies have tried to do it...all with abject failure.
The fact is that people do like to get together to discuss their ups and downs and what's happening and they also like the very touchy, feely experience a fair brings. It also gives them the chance to see their real world supplier(s), something increasingly rare these days because many suppliers cannot financially justify having many company road warriors.
No sarcasm intended iBill however this could also be said of holidays:-)
FWIW I never have holidays, I prefer to go to trade shows and have an extra day or two at each end. It's 100% tax deductible for me and it keeps me far more interested than being a sand crab!
You're not kidding when you say tons, my stuff is incredibly heavy which is one of the reasons trade shows are very good for us because people can actually visit the stand and take away the physical samples they require.
Our small samples cost a fortune to courier or post, usually between USD 70-100 per piece. Now just multiply that by 20 samples a week over a year and you can see that trade shows are far more efficient for us.
International audience, 24 hour time zones, many different languages...it's nowhere possible for us yet.
Hmmm...I've not found a problem since my first fair in 1969:-)
Probably however we'll most likely never know.
Ah, the eternal elected governments' promises:-) It's all based around people's perceived needs...new phone, new TV, new car, new whatever.
Hehehe...did that years ago during the Cold War.
Oooops, I seem to have wandered off AdSense, maybe the above is more reason for using it?