Quick Index
 Adult Industry News
Search AINews Database
Type Keyword or Phrase Here
EXPO 2015, August 23-26, New Orleans
   
 

Front Page
Film News
Media News
Business News
Clubs & Appearances
Law & Politics
Internet & Mobile News
Lifestyles Arts Health Charity
Letters to the Editor
Columns
Movie Spotlight Reviews
Interviews
Pornstar Pages
AINews Staff
Ad Rates
PR 101: Press Release Service

Caliente Swinger Vacations!

Kayden Kross at Twistys

March 06, 2012 03:03pm
AVN Expo Reviewed
Source: Adult Industry News
by: Richard L Moreland

The Chaotic Atmosphere Test, By Rich Moreland

Perspective requires a little time, especially if the issue is about change. Given the passage of several weeks since Vegasís Adult Expo, some thoughts on the eventís new host are due.

Last year the word filtered out that the 2012 AVN (Adult Video News) extravaganza would be different. Rumor had it that the Sands Convention Center was off the board for reasons that were unclear. The Gold Coast was touted as the new locale and the event was moved deeper into January. Because Iím an east coaster, any travel plans must include airfare. For convenience, I do most things as a package. My reservations were made in mid autumn. Everything was cool.

Then out of the blue came the shift to the Hard Rock. Cancel Gold Coast; book somewhere else on other side of the Strip. Less of a problem than expected because AVN was no longer competing with the Consumer Electronics Show for hotel space.

Cool returned and I prepared for the new venue.

Now has come assessment time. Was the newbie host a success? No stats are out that I could find on attendance, I can only relate my "sense" of being there. The Hard Rock "felt" more compact with a variety of scaled down areas used for different functions, but it was far too crowded when the fans arrived. If numbers were lower than last year, the hotel environment minimized that reality.

The two main locations were jammed with attendees and to me that appeared to be a fire hazard. In particular, the theater/stage arena by late week was prohibitively crowded. Eventually, the balcony was opened to relieve the pressure on the floor and turned out to be a welcome haven. Vendors occupied the gallery but had few visitors when I checked them out.

Incidentally, in the upper floors of the hotel some vendors set up shop in their rooms, not unusual for a convention. I have no idea how much business they got but they were remote from the main event.

The theater itself was dark; movement between rows of tables where girls were signing was impassable at times. Aisles were narrow. Fans, reporters, photographers, industry people were literally wedged in so tightly that a real danger was present if an emergency occurred.

The major studios were located in the hotel ballroom. The main access hallway was able to accommodate traffic, but not without some interference. Girls from a local strip club entertained fans, performing to the endless hammer of urban hip hop. (Remember John Leslie and the blues? Why canít there be a small section of the convention that conflates adult film with the blues? Just a suggestion.) The girls worked among each other, some dancing while others distributed the obligatory club flyers to passersby.

I have nothing against exotic dancers; they are friendly, easy on the eyes, and always willing to chat. But in this case their location took up walking space, leaving the attendee to negotiate his way around and through them.

The din of conversation and the omnipresent music reached levels high enough that cell phone use was difficult if one actually wanted to talk rather than text. Finding a quiet spot was not easy.

The Hard Rockís food and drink facilities were a super convenience. Waiting for a table was not. I did some interviewing and business talk over refreshments but missed a couple of opportunities because queuing up for seats was time consuming and tight schedules always loomed large.

And, as one director told me, the cigarette smell was off-putting. It seemed to lie over everyone like a Biblical plague (my metaphor, not his)!

What to make of all this? I am the first to suggest that the concrete and steel sterility of the Sands Center robs the convention of some of its panache. But the venue was conducive for crowds and provided breathable space. Access to and from the Strip hotels was smooth, hallways and stairwells were wide. On the Sands floor, there were no people jams to the degree of the Hard Rock. Signing space for the girls was larger and more open. Something that is not to be minimized as there were a handful of girls whose purses and cell phones were ripped off Thursday afternoon when they were greeting fans.

And I donít recall a cigarette odor at the Sands.

In its totality, the Sands afforded one more plus, the fan could do a quick floor walkthrough for future reference. Mental maps of the kiosks and booths could be instantly stored away.

Iím not down on the Hard Rock. Itís a classy upgrade in its "feel" and "hip" while being cozy. Industry people and fans mixed effortlessly and this may be its greatest asset.

But it didnít pass the chaotic atmosphere test.

What will next year bring? If it is the Hard Rock, then AVN and the hotel powers-that-be need to ameliorate the logistical problems of 2012. Working in a recession weary environment and anticipating a down year in attendance presents issues are that concealed with a smaller space. That being said, the question now becomes how to reconfigure the entire event in such a way as not to discourage future attendance. Fans who are crowd or cigarette averse might pass on next yearís convention.

And we all know that fan dollars grease the porn machine.

By the way, when departing day arrived, I was wedged in once again, this time for a five-hour flight home. My LA compadres also faced a five-hour ride. But they were in cars. Going west had to be more comfortable.


Related Stories

Related Sites - WARNING! Graphic Content

RavenBay02.3gp

See BiBi Jones at Digital Playground

Top Stories

MWA: 05/22/15

Amateur Allure New Lines

Sin Claire with Foxxx

Adult's Achilles Heel

AHF's Hidden Agenda

New Smash VP Wyatt Case

Ink Inks OC, The Rub

National Porn Star Day

Pistol, Ross Talk Condoms

XXX Casting Call

Direct Reps Harper

AJ Applegate Available

Emma Marx: Boundaries ~ Reviewer Rated

Strippers Ready for Baseball

MWA: 05/04/15

RAW Signs Sasha Bradshaw

Modern Comstockery

Nikki Phoenix Appearance

RockíNíSeXXXy Welcomes Billy Blair

Karaoke XXX Needs New Location

Jane & Ward Hosting XRCO

SashaBrabuster's XXX Comeback

Control ~ Reviewer Rated

XRCO 2015 Nominees

A Leaner Message

MWA: 02/26/15

50 Shades of Grey ~ Cinema Seen

XRCO 2015 Hall of Fame

Interview with Ela Darling

Derrick Pierce Interview

The News Rack: Naked Swingers

MWA: 02/07/15

Interview of Holly Heart

ED Expo to Big Easy

More
Stories From

Columns

MWA: 05/22/15

MWA: 05/04/15

A Leaner Message

MWA: 02/26/15

The News Rack: Naked Swingers

MWA: 02/07/15

I Know You

MWA: 01/19/15

MWA: 01/11/15

MWA: 01/10/15

MWA: 01/03/15

MWA: 01/02/15

MWA: 01/01/15

MWA: 10th Anniversary Column

MWA: 12/30/14

MWA: 12/27/14

MWA: 12/26/14

MWA: 12/14/14

MWA: 12/05/14

MWA: 11/20/14

Tara Lynn Foxx Retires

Taormino Speaks at Goucher

It's Just Work

Tribute to Christian Mann

MWA: 07/23/14

Testing the Waters

MWA: 07/22/14

MWA: 07/21/14

MWA: 07/13/14

A Legend Looks Back

The Goddess Lives

Resurgence of the Goddess

More on Belle Knox

2014 AVN News Rack Part 2

Belle Knox: Feminist Revealed

A Tribute to Gloria Leonard

2014 AVN News Rack Part 1

Tasha Reign on Respect

Lovable Evil Angels

Happy New Year

MWA: 12/30/13

The News Rack: Fall/Winter 2013

MWA: 12/12/13

MWA: 12/09/13

Seasons Greetings from AINews

The Girlfriends Family

MWA: 11/26/13

Entertainment is Entertainment is Entertainment

MWA: 11/22/13

MWA: 11/15/13

MWA: 11/10/13

A Day in the Smut Den

Our Attitude Along the Way

MWA: 10/29/13

MWA: 10/26/13

MWA: 10/23/13

MWA: 10/20/13

MWA: 10/16/13

MWA: 10/15/13

MWA: 10/11/13

Shooting at 21

MWA: 10/03/13

MWA: 09/29/2013

MWA: 09/28/2013

Rebecca Bardoux Marries Prince of Dubai

A Fearless Journey

MWA: 09/17/2013

MWA: 09/06/2013

MWA: 08/31/2013

MWA: 08/18/2013

MWA: 08/15/2013

MWA: 08/09/2013

Emma Marx Prelude

MWA: 07/27/2013

Sex & Ice Cream

MWA: 07/07/2013

MWA: 07/02/2013

MWA: 06/30/2013

Adieu, Aurora

MWA: 06/20/2013

MWA: 06/05/2013

Creeping Suicide

MWA: 05/31/2013

MWA: 05/14/2013

Typecasting Farrah Abraham

MWA: 05/04/2013 XRCO

MWA: 05/02/2013

MWA: 04/30/2013

MWA: 04/28/2013

Falcon's Flight: Letting Go & Living

MWA: 04/12/2013

A Bad Deal

Girlfriends in New Hands

Columns Section Index

     
Copyright © 1998 - 2015 Adult Industry News (AINews.com)
All materials constituting text, articles, press releases, stories, columns, photographs, graphics, and code on the AINews.com domain are protected by copyright, and either owned by Adult Industry News (AINews.com), or reproduced with permission from other copyright owners. It may be downloaded and printed for personal reference, but not otherwise copied, altered in any way, or transmitted to others, without the written permission of Adult Industry News (AINews.com).