The Ontario PGA board of directors has voted unanimously to cancel its 2011 buying show.
The association had moved the show from its traditional October date to August and had taken a new venue at the Toronto Congress Centre. However, the Canadian Golf Industry Association chose not to participate, citing the traditional problem of attendance by buyers.
Ontario PGA president Dustin Kerr-Taylor said in a release the move to August was a test to see if it better-served exhibitors and the buying cycle.
“Since taking over the buying show this winter, we have been in a long process of review to determine the best options for our members and our retail suppliers,” said Kerr-Taylor.
“It was obvious that the previous format and date was not adding value, so we attempted to find a date earlier that would align better with the retail cycle. This was a significant change for our membership, but we were encouraged by their support of the changes,” he added.
Kerr-Taylor added the association will continue to look at different options for the show.
“It remains the opinion of the Ontario PGA Board that there is a version of a buying show that can be productive for the Ontario golf industry. We recognize that not every supply partner will see value through booking orders at a formal show,” he said.
“That being said, we were obviously disappointed that the CGIA formally voted to not participate with the Ontario PGA after much discussion over the past eight months. In the end, we were not able to secure enough supply partners to deem the buying show a success.”