New York City and Atlantic City were the hardest-hit tradeshow destinations as Hurricane Sandy came ashore late Monday, Oct. 29, in southern New Jersey.
There were several postponements and cancellations, both in the days leading up to the landfall and then in its aftermath as the entire East Coast works to recover from the storm.
The largest of those shows postponed, ISC East, a security-related tradeshow with more than 300 exhibitors, had been scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 30 and 31, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Ed Several, show manager for the Reed Exhibitions event, says he should have more news in the near future about rescheduling the show.
For those exhibitors whose freight was already at Javits, ISC and Freeman arranged to store it at no cost to them until the next ISC East. At the same time, the affiliated SIA Security Week—a collection of conferences, dinners and networking activities hosted by the Security Industry Association—was indefinitely postponed. SIA CEO Don Erickson says, “I am currently working to identify potential dates for the conference in consultation with the SIA board and all stakeholders.”
Also canceled at Javits were the Advanced Energy 2012 Conference, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, and the JA New York Special Delivery jewelry show, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. The ING New York City Marathon Health and Fitness Expo is still scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3.
The MESCO 2012 Annual Dealer Trade Show, expected to attract about 1,000 attendees to the Atlantic City Convention Center Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 was canceled, while the ASAH Annual Conference, a meeting of an organization of New Jersey special education professionals, was still scheduled for Friday, Nov. 2 at the Atlantic City center.
However, the National College Fair, scheduled for Nov. 1 (with an estimated attendance of 3,500), was canceled. Likewise, another edition of the National College Fair, scheduled for Oct. 29 at the Baltimore Convention Center, was also canceled.
The Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., did not have any major events scheduled at the beginning of the week. However, the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show is still on for this weekend at the venue A meeting of the Connecticut Housing Coalition planned for Tuesday at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn., was canceled, but the Connecticut International Auto Show, scheduled Nov. 2-4 in Hartford, will go on as planned.
Other than ISC East, the largest tradeshows in the region went on as planned. The American Society for Radiation Oncology Annual Meeting, which drew approximately 12,000 to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Oct. 28-31, went ahead. However, Monday’s conference program was abbreviated. Also in Boston, the American Society for Clinical Pathology Annual Meeting opened Oct. 31 as planned at the Hynes Convention Center.