GASC Announces New Location For Gutenberg Festival
Friday, June 11, 2004
June 11, 2004 -- The Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC), which produces the global PRINT & CONVERTING exhibition along with the annual GRAPH EXPO and CONVERTING EXPO in Chicago, will move the West Coast GUTENBERG FESTIVAL to the Los Angeles Convention Center, a new venue for 2005, maintaining the originally-announced dates of April 28-30, 2005. “We feel that exhibitors will benefit from the new facilities, before, during and after the exhibition. More centrally located facilities, as part of a larger metropolitan city with the associated transportation and infrastructure advantages, should make life easier for exhibitors and attendees alike,” noted Regis J. Delmontagne, President of GASC. “Both the economic and environmental landscape, such as a major loss of parking space, has changed in Long Beach, and the facility there, while still a good venue for other purposes, no longer suited our needs,” he added. The move was not undertaken lightly, according to the show’s producer. Over thirty years of history, and months of negotiation and deliberation went into the selection of the new venue, with the goal of providing a top-quality facility to house the largest show for the industry on the West Coast. “We considered many factors in the selection process, including the condition of the facility, the city itself, the support available from local government and municipal organizations, flight availability, transportation and infrastructure, hotel availability, and dates available to house this large event, before deciding that Los Angeles, with a great facility, newly updated surroundings and its international reputation as a business-friendly city, would suit the needs of the exhibitors and the attendees to our events,” added Delmontagne. The new facility will offer increased parking areas, better walking access and public transportation, wider hotel and restaurant selection and more modern facilities, and will allow GASC to maintain space rates from 2004, benefiting exhibitors and attendees and making their show experience more enjoyable and productive.