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Re: [St] Rats
I have heard the same problems mentioned re: unions and is possibly the
reason the whole show moved out of Philadelphia.
Denis Liakos wrote:
> Why isn't Triumph at the large shows?
> I've got a couple of thoughts to add here.
> First would be that they do tend to follow some of the large events with
> the demo truck. The truck was in my area (Hartford, CT) last June, I
> believe, immediately before Americade. They were at the local Triumph/
> Ducati / BMW dealership for 2 days. A friend and I were asked to lead and
> tail for the demo rides and we rode everything in the line both days. They
> had an excellent turnout and a lot of non Triumph riders were quite
> impressed with the range.
> As someone else mentioned, Triumph may feel that their somewhat limited
> resources are better spent making an impact with other venues, also they may
> view events like the national show as "preaching to the choir"
> Lastly, one of the major obstacles at the large convention facilities is
> the UNIONS. Without opening a major thread on union versus non- union
> labor, I work a number of trade shows annually across the country as an
> exhibitor and I know from my own experiences that the union shops are
> incredibly greedy and inefficient. The union costs associated with booth
> space, drayage, electrical services etc. in many major US cities are driving
> most of these larger events to a limited number of destinations such as
> Orlando FL and Las Vegas NV, because they are non- union facilities. I
> remember speaking to one of the Triumph execs at their last appearance in
> NYC a few years ago and he said the costs associated with participation at a
> union facility like the Javits Center were a bitter pill indeed.
> That is all
> Denis Liakos
> '06 Sunset Red ST
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