Dublin, Not Nice

6:00 AM -- Who prefers a pint of Guinness over a glass or six of vin rouge?

If you do, and you're an annual visitor to the TM Forum 's Management World trade show, then there's some good news for you today.

After 11 years in the sun-kissed French city of Nice, the annual Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) event -- one of the most important telecom industry trade shows in the calendar, in EuroBlog's humble opinion -- is moving to the Irish capital, starting in May 2011.

You can read the reasoning behind the move in the TM Forum's press release -- see Management World Moves to Dublin.

The key reasons, according to TM Forum representatives, are that Nice was becoming increasingly hard to get to for many attendees, and that Dublin has great accommodation and a first class, shiny new convention center.

Nice will be a tough act to follow -- in nine years attending the event I have never talked to anyone who said they'd like to see the event move away from the Côte d'Azur -- but Dublin has a great reputation as a hospitable city. Let's see what happens in May 2011, when the TM Forum will be praying that attendance figures don't drop from this year's 3,000 visitors.

You can check out our coverage from this year's show at our Management World 2010 microsite.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

shygye75 12/5/2012 | 4:24:46 PM
re: Dublin, Not Nice

I'm sure TMForum got a sweet deal to relocate. It's really the only plausible explanation for the move, since there didn't seem to be any capacity issues at the Nice convention site. I like the mention of the "carbon-neutral" new facility. That will make up for the fact that just about everyone who attends the Dublin show will have to get there by plane.

bobmachin 12/5/2012 | 4:24:39 PM
re: Dublin, Not Nice

Don't think your headline will go down very well with the Irish Tourist Board.

Dublin's a great city but I'd be interested to know which attendees are going to find it 'easier to get to' than Nice. Nice little earner for Michael O'Leary though...

digits 12/5/2012 | 4:24:37 PM
re: Dublin, Not Nice

Yes, of course, Dublin is renowned for being a great city for just about anything - I was just taking the opportunity to have a bit of fun with the Nice name.

I wondered the same thing, about transport connections to Dublin vs Nice, but the TM Forum believes Dublin is better connected, even though (apart from attendees from the Republic and Northern Ireland) everyone will need to fly to get there (unless anyone fancies the ferry to Dublin, in which case they would deserve some sort of medal...)

I'm looking forward to checking out the show in Dublin, but at the same time I will be sorry not to go to Nice -- being able to walk to an industry event in the sunshine, and emerge in the evening to a few hours of sunshine, is hard to beat when you know you are going to be trapped indoors all day. Not sure Dublin will offer the same luxury (though I hope to be proven wrong). 

The Irish Tourist Board will survive my blog, I sense....

bobmachin 12/5/2012 | 4:24:36 PM
re: Dublin, Not Nice

Yes, that was all pretty much my feeling too. Guinness and Dublin Bay prawns are nice, but moules frites and a bottle of Rose on the Promenade des Anglais are pretty hard to beat...

digits 12/5/2012 | 4:24:12 PM
re: Dublin, Not Nice

There wasn't much support for this move from the OSS/BSS folk I talked with at this week's OSS-BSS World Summit event in London.

There were questions asked about who exactly had taken the decision to abandon Nice in favor of Dublin -- some regular exhibitors and attendees of the show in Nice were taken by surprise by the sudden move, and were wondering to what extent the TM Forum's members were consulted.

Some even wondered if ANYONE was consulted....

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