Well it’s April so it must be NAB.
I arrived last night at McCarran International Airport, and there were so few people around that airport management had cordoned off a portion one-armed bandits — presumably to save electricity. Not really sure.
The baggage carousel was equally quiet, not the madhouse I have experienced so many times before.
So my curiosity was up. Was the U.S. economy, which one week is described with dire warnings by economic prognosticators and the next by rosy forecasts and optimistic government statistics, decidedly on the decline?
Before I had much time to think that through, the friendly cabbie who picked me up at the airport allayed any concerns I might have had about health of the 2016 NAB Show.
Between stories of deep sea fishing for tuna off the California coast and some helpful directions to the nearest monorail station from my hotel, the driver told me his cab company is putting all of its vehicles on the street for NAB because they have been told to expect 130,000 attendees.
If that were the case, I think this year’s NAB Show will clearly be the biggest ever. Even if the cab company was off by 10%, a total of 117,000 would probably be a record and well above the 103,000 people who attended last year.
We’ll know the final attendance in a few days. But if this show keeps growing, I’m going to look into covering it remotely from the comfort of my living room with a drone, a mic, a video camera. That way I can avoid the crowds and guarantee my show coverage reaches new heights.