Hot on the heals of Adobe choosing not to have a booth at Macworld 2009, Apple Insider is reporting that several other big names are either scaling down, or pulling out all together.
Companies like Belkin, Seagate, and Creative Labs have pulled out completely, while companies like Google and Marware are scaling back from previous years. With registration down by 20% over last year, it’s not surprising to see that the show is going to be scaled back this year.
This in no way means that the show is in danger of being cancelled, or falling apart, but it is a clear sign that the economy is having an effect on this year’s event. With current travel expenses being what they are, and revenues down everywhere, we won’t be attending the show to cover it live this year either, and I’m sure many people that intended to go a few months ago, might find that they’re going to have to re-think that in January.
Apple Insider speculates that this may not be economic only, but doesn’t provide a clear answer to what else they think the issue might be. For me, I believe it is related to economic belt-tightening, and I won’t be surprised if we see more of it before the show next month.