This represents Alien Entertainment’s second failure in 2015 to replicate the success of its flagship con Chicago TARDIS in another city. Earlier, the firm cancelled Boston TARDIS 2015 that had been scheduled for April 3-5.
The group issued a public letter today, June 30, to explain why the Phoenix convention will not take place:
Low upfront attendance coupled with issues involving the hotel space have driven us to make this decision. In the last two weeks, we have attempted to re-house the convention at a different venue to no avail.
We want to thank all of you who showed your enthusiasm for this event and have already purchases tickets. We will be issueing refunds via Eventbrite ASAP. If you do not receive your refund within the next 24 hours, please contact us.
We also want to thank our guests – Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Terry Molloy, and Ian McNeice for their time and effort. It is no fault of any of these lovely individuals that this decision came about.
Phoenix is still in our sights for the foreseeable future. We truly want to carry out an event there in 2016 or 2017. The outpouring of fan support and connecting with the community through other conventions (namely Phoenix Comic Con), has encouraged us to keep pursuing an event in Phoenix. Please feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns you may have. We encourage you to reach out. Thank you very much for your understanding, TARDIS Conventions
We have been informed that as of three hours ago, the hotel was still taking bookings for Phoenix TARDIS. We had no hand in that, and as you can see this was part of our issue for the cancellation of the con. We have spoken with them, and they are taking all open reservations off line on their end. Our website has already disabled any links to ticketing or the hotel room reservations.
The explanation given for cancelling the Boston event last April, issued two days before it was due to begin, blamed the impact of competing interests on the chosen dates:
We are saddened to report that in the last 24 hours certain events have taken place, which have significantly derailed Boston TARDIS 2015.
In the beginning of this venture, we were disheartened that our event would be clashing with a very popular, local convention – Anime Boston – as well as a weekend that holds religious significance for many of those who might potentially attend. If we wanted to continue into 2016, it looked like we had no choice but to go forward with our plans. Thankfully, next year, our event will be held far away from any dates such as these.
The group says there will be a Boston TARDIS 2016 and, as quoted above, that “Phoenix is still in our sights.”