Originally Posted by Twang
This is all very interesting reading guys, but I suggest you're all barking up the wrong tree ! We extended to entries from 150 to 175 to try to please as many people as possible. THIS HAS NOT HELPED ! 175 or 575 doesn't make a difference. After posting 175 names a short while ago, the "time to pay" came around. We are now at 140 and will be lucky to break even financially. The reason for the drop in numbers is people DON'T HAVE THE MONEY ! A lot of these places were reserved from the time we opened the website, though within the last month have pulled the plug because of work commitments and/or insufficient funds.. That reminds me ... all of you reading this that have vented your displeasure, here's your big chance ...send me an email, send your money, and come on over in August ... oh ! and NZ Adam, if you're reading this, if the current economic climate continues, I think you're in for a disappointment in 2014 mate !
We don't see it that way Andy. We are expecting lower numbers by far than a European based event naturally. We are planning for two or three eventualities, and think we can keep costs down in some areas such as accommodation for those willing to billet rather than stay in hotels.
At the end of the day, it comes down to those who really want the title bad enough will travel. Its a shorter flight from Aussie and South America for those shooters,.......that was the idea behind the rotation of hosting. Spreading the costs and opportunities to more shooters from around the world to participate and enthuse them with the game.
We will be comfortable with a lower turnout, or a higher turnout......we can cope with both quite happily as the venue is large and central to facilities. Same applies for us travelling overseas to events as we have been hit hard here too but are on the mend.