Paris 2004 update
- Hello fellow Valeasians,
I have received an update from Comexpo-Paris, organizers of the
'World Miniature and Scale Model Show' scheduled for Paris next
April 10 -18.
First, the VEC will be placed in a high-traffic position on the show
floor giving the layout excellent visibility.
Second, Comexpo-Paris has asked for the VEC to be set up on
at the opening of the show at a television studio for publicity
Third, Comexpo-Paris does not offer compensation or an
appearance fee to any of the exhibitors at the show. Their policy
is quite different from the German or Dutch exhibition
management companies. However, it is completely in line with
the majority of North American shows. It is an honour and
privilege to participate. That is sufficient payment....
Okay, I have no philosophical problem with their policy. It just
means that I will have to work a lot harder to find sponsorship
mopney to help cover shipping costs for the layout. I'm pretty
confident that I can find a way to get my own person there and
back using frequent flyer points (if Air Canada doesn't go belly up
for good in the meantime!). And Jim Manley, a VEC
crewmember for Paris, is working of lodging arrangements
through his personal contacts. Let's keep our fingers crossed
just in case.
So my next move, after talking things over with the Canadian
Railroad Museum, will probably be a letter campaign to new
potential sponsors such as Canadian National Railways and
Bombardier Transport as well as approaching past sponsors,
i.e. Micro-Trains Line, Schenker Canada, Märklin USA and Ztrack
Using the Museum's connections, it is remotely possible that the
Québec and Canadian governments could be approached for
grants since the trip also involves promoting the Museum
(tourism and cultural interests).
Looks like I've got a lot of letter writing to do during the holidays.
You'll be the first to learn of any developements.
Chief Imagineer - VECRR