A major Star Trek convention in London was just canceled.
Star Trek is a staple on the convention circuit. While I can’t say for sure that it was the first entertainment property to do regular convention tours, it is arguably the biggest and the longest-running. Trek has been popping up at fan fests, comic conventions, science fiction conventions, and the like for nearly 50 years. It’s big business.
Mission Chicago, for instance, was earlier this year and revealed a lot of new things that the world of Trek had to offer in 2022, including a Prodigy video game. With the decline of more singular conventions, like San Diego Comic Con, which used to be huge for industry regulars, more and more outlets are holding their own mega conventions. Mission Chicago is trying to be that for Trek fans.
There’s good money in that, which is why there are other Trek-themed conventions taking place all over the world. One that was set to be huge this year was Destination Star Trek, which had two events in Dortmund, Germany, and London, England this year.
However, for some reason we’re not yet aware of, Destination Star Trek canceled their London show this year.
"We have decided to run just one big Destination Star Trek event this year. This means that Destination Star Trek Germany, taking place from 23rd to 25th September, will be the one official European Star Trek event in 2022. We know that this will be disappointing to some of you, but we look forward to new Star Trek events in the future in the UK.However, there is also some good news for our loyal UK fans, as you will be able to enjoy a tribute to Star Trek at this year’s London Film & Comic Con 8-10 July, where many of the guests that were to attend Destination Star Trek London this year will be attending.All ticket holders will receive an email regarding the event cancellation and what happens next."
This isn’t a good sign for Destination Star Trek
Canceling an event the size of the one in London is no easy thing to do. There’s a lot of money in that kind of event, but there’s also a lot of money in producing that event. Maybe there were issues with permits and with us still dealing with a lot of red tape pertaining to Covid, maybe the convention didn’t want to deal with the headache of running two events, in two countries, with two different sets of rules.
The other and more likely possibility is that the cost of running these events was a bit more than expected, and in order to save money or even turn a profit, the London show had to be axed.
Hopefully, the event organizers are able to fulfill their promise of holding another event in London soon.