Boston has beaten star-studded competition from New York to host Macworld Expo in 2004, it's claimed.

The Boston Herald claims the city will be the new host for Macworld Expo in July, replacing New York venue, the Jacob Javits Centre, which has hosted the event since 1998.

However, IDG World Expo, organizers of the event, will neither confirm nor deny the reports and will not make any announcement until October 17.

Location Beth Wickenhiser, spokesperson for IDG World Expo, said: "This is still a developing story, and full details will be available at a press conference held in Boston on October 17. We are not available to comment on this subject until that time."

If the event was hosted in Boston it would fuel the city's economy with tens of millions of dollars, and would be a victory for the city after it lost its hold of the event in 1998, observers claim.

The return of the show would coincide with the launch of a new $800 million exhibition centre. If Macworld Expo moves to Boston, organizers believe it could be the city's largest convention, with over $42 million pumped into local businesses.

New York officials are so keen to keep the giant tech show at the Jacob Javits convention centre, that they have pulled out all the stops in their attempt to convince organisers, IDG World Expo, to keep the event in the city. Such attempts included promises of appearances by Broadway stars, the Boston Herald claims.