I wouldn't have even noticed this, as it wasn't announced and was just a subtle change to the Trade Day website, but a friend who was considering Trade Day(and who chose not to try it because of this change) pointed it out to me...
Educators no longer get early exhibit hall access, but retailers still do?
Why was this change made? And why do educators/librarians still pay the same as retailers for the Trade Day badge when this major perk is removed? We don't get anything extra to replace it.
If this is the route you want to go, I hope that the seminars have jumped in quality. 2016 seminars were mostly repeats of 2015.
I'm pretty grumpy about this. I've been going to Trade Day since is was at the Westin(2010 maybe?), and I do actually participate in the seminars. I was planning on presenting this year in fact. This is disheartening.
On a related note, is there any plan to crack down on press badges shopping during the early hour? Last year every line I waited in during that time I had a press badge holder both ahead of me and behind me in line. I was okay with it but now I'm full of sour grapes.