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Mar. 19th, 2011 | 12:13 pm
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According to the nose counter, Eurofurence 17 has reached 973 attendants — that's exactly the door count from last year. Given that the convention is still more than five months away, this figure WILL increase by quite a bit still.

Interestingly, there's only 29 attendants from the USA so far, compared to 53 last year, but maybe people just don't know yet if they'll get the time off work to make it (and I have no idea how many memberships there were from the USA at this point last year, which makes it difficult to compare). Or perhaps the con (which has moved closer to what US-American cons are like, from what I hear) has lost part of its special appeal: after all, why travel to Europe for a con experience that's closer than ever to the experience you've got at home as well?

Anyhow, all in all, I think it's definitely gonna break 1000 attendants, and needless to say, it's gonna be great. :)

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Marko the Rat

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from: marko_the_rat
date: Mar. 19th, 2011 11:42 am (UTC)
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Australia doesn't even make the list. It's understandable though; it's a long way to go and I can't imagine there will be many Aussies there.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Mar. 19th, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
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There were two last year, actually, although I don't know who they were. :)

Yeah, the visualization on the site doesn't include the long tail of countries, unfortunately, but cheetah_spotty usually posts the actual stats after the con on the EF forums, so you'll see it then. :)

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pouched fox

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from: pouchedfox
date: Mar. 19th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
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how were the eurocons different from the american ones?

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Mar. 19th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
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EF at least used to be smaller and cozier — not as slick and smooth, perhaps, but with more character. Being held at youth hostels in particular rather than hotels definitely helped with that, although it brought its own problems, too. (And nowadays, the con's too large for even the largest youth hostels in Germany.)

Of course, that's not to say the con doesn't have character anymore, far from it, but it has become... well, more professional in appearance, less familial, and more like a (larger) US con.

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altivo.dreamwidth.org

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from: altivo.dreamwidth.org
date: Mar. 22nd, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
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Or the price of air travel, which has gone up significantly, plus the added new hassles of airport security, are making people wonder if it's worth it?

Maybe not. Furs are notorious for procrastination. They probably just haven't signed on yet.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Mar. 22nd, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, perhaps it's the increased cost, too.

And yes, procrastination seems to have played some part of it so far: the number of US furs attending has already gone up by 2 since I made this post (with the total number going up by 10). Still a far cry from last year's contingent, but you're getting there. ;)

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