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Show Cancellations, Postponements Continue in Southeast

Sandi Cain
, Senior News Editor
September 11, 2017
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Chicago —
Hurricane Irma battered the Southeastern U.S. over the weekend while the Houston area continued its mop-up efforts from Hurricane Harvey. And Hurricane Jose still lurks in the wings, though it was downgraded to Category 2.

That leaves the region to clean up and ramp up plans for groups still scheduled to come to town in the near future. While the hurricanes necessitated the cancellation or postponement of roughly a dozen events in Miami Beach, Orlando, Kissimmee and Tampa, some that are located on the fringes of the storm can carry on as planned. One of those is GlassBuild America in Atlanta, which is on track to receive heavy rains tonight and into Tuesday.

According to note on that show’s website that was updated on Sept. 11, “GlassBuild will kick off tomorrow at 8 a.m. as planned.” The notice also said exhibitors who are delayed will be able to set up into Wednesday, Sept. 13, if necessary.

A few Florida convention centers that remain in the path of Irma are closed today, including Miami Beach and Jacksonville. But in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the convention center, hotels and the airport all are fully functional, with most of the hurricane’s impact visible only on debris-covered roads and property. “We’ve had no major cancellations, and all our site inspections and pre-planning are going on as scheduled this week,” said Marina Suarez, Director of Marketing and Communications for Meet Puerto Rico.

The next storm, Hurricane Jose, is projected to make landfall this week along the Eastern seaboard, with current projections for impacts in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Reach Marina Suarez at (787) 474-5088 or msuarez@meetpuertorico.com

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