By Ed Oswald | Friday, December 5, 2008 at 9:18 am
Harry reported on Monday about the shrinking size of CES 2009. Well, the same economic pressures that are affecting the world’s largest electronics trade show is also putting a damper on Macworld 2009, which is presented by IDG. AppleInsider reports that some big names are altering their expo plans, including Adobe, Belkin, Google, and Seagate.
Adobe was the first to pull out of the trade show, and did so on Wednesday. While it will still maintain a presence at the show through developer sessions, it will not have a booth in the expo hall.
Belkin, which has typically had a large presence at IDG’s show, has pulled out completely, as has Creative Labs. Its booth space would be taken over by software tutorial company VTC, and Seagate is also notably absent from the exhibitor roles.
Even Google is taking a step back: it’s booth will shrink considerably. AppleInsider also claims at least two more companies are either pulling out or in discussions to scale back their presence.
IDG is said to be working overtime to keep these exhibitors, and is also reportedly seeing a 20 percent drop in attendance over last year’s show.