San Diego (CA) – Pictures capture a moment, important moments like the toothless smiles of our children, the agony of a Superbowl defeat or a political protestor’s last moments of freedom. Photos can crumble governments and free the oppressed, but everyday pictures are usually fairly mundane – that is until an overzealous security guard walks up and demands that they be erased.
Update #2 April 3rd 2008 - Mr. Holmes has sent us a gracious email and all parties consider everything resolved with no hard feelings at all.
Update April 3rd 2008 - It appears an executive from the Travel Goods Show (Mr. Rob Holmes)has responded in the comments section below. While we appreciate his response, he gets several facts wrong - facts that could have found out with a simple Google search or talking with his staff.
Mr. Holmes says , "Unfortunately, Mr.Cheung omitted certain facts from his otherwise entertaining article and video.
First, and contrary to his statement otherwise, Mr. Cheung did not have permission to film inside our Show. Moreover, he actually entered our Show under false pretenses since he clearly did not intend to report on new travel goods products and trends which is what other members of the media who attend our Show do. Apparently, he intended simply to report on the actions of "overzealous" convention center security guards.
Second, The Travel Goods Show is not open to the public only to members of the trade, the media and certain others whose credentials have been carefully screened to confirm their bona fides for attending our Show.
Third, not only do we post numerous signs stating our "no photography" rule but we also include the same prohibition in the contract signed by our exhibitors and in the materials received by attendees.
Fourth, the rationale for our policy is the need to protect the integrity of the new travel products being exhibited at our show. Having said that, despite our best efforts to enforce our "no photography" rule, given the high level of sophistication in portable cameras and video, we still find that some of our exhibitors products are knocked off within a matter of weeks following the Show."
Our response - While we appreciate Mr. Holmes responding to our article, he is surprisingly inaccurate about his statements. Those inaccuracies could have been easily avoided with a simple Google search for our event coverage or by simply talking to his staff at the Travel Show.
1. We did have permission to film from the staff. We were led into the show to the press room (in the back of the venue), where we were given a permission slip to sign and we had to carry that around with us during the show. So we did that. Several people saw us sign the slip … I’m sure you could ask them.
2. “he clearly did not intend to report on new travel goods products” – We did two articles (with video) about new travel products. A simple Google search would have showed you these two stories
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