RE: Elaine's RPUG idea

From: B. J. Arnold-Feret (
Date: Tue Aug 11 1998 - 06:47:16 EEST

If the event is held in Asia, then it will be very hard to convince smaller
US RP firms to go.

For example, I get Invitations to Speak at international seminars, but the
time and cost involved in going mean a tough time to justify the cost in
getting to the event, speaking, and then coming back. It is a lot of
dollars for a brief trip. If I go and combine the trip with a vacation I
would have an even tougher time telling the IRS why I needed to go. Perhaps
a easier choice would be to have 3 User Groups; Asia, Europe, Americas.

Just a humble thought.

B. J. Arnold-Feret

>> I'll host such an event but before I jump into the fire..answer these
>> questions.
>> For the First International User Group Meeting tell me.....
>> Will you attend? how many others from your company?
>> best dates for you:
>> Participate (if so how)
>> Suggested topics? Special interest groups? What would you lead?
>> Could you find Clemson?
>> Why not have it someplace other than the US if you really want an
>> "international" crowd? If it is held in the US, I'm sure that I speak
>> for most everyone here in Asia that we will not attend as costs to us
>> will be 50+% more expensive (example, a "Big Mac" here costs $4.20 in
>> local currency, same thing in America costs $12.63 in our local
>> currency!)
>> That said, I'll arrange hosting it here in Malaysia, if I get some
>> support from the 3DNASUG as I have never hosted a large scale users
>> group (only small ones here in Asia). I think we can get discounted
>> airfare on Malaysian Air or Singapore Air (maybe around US$600 round
>> trip from LAX) and rooms at a 4-5 star hotel/country club/convention
>> center for US$60-70. Field trips to user sites in the area can be
>> arranged (there are 3 500's, several 250's and a 350 and Actua in the
>> Singapore/Kuala Lumpur/Penang area -- about a 3 hour driving radius).
>> Any interest?
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