National conferences in Anchorage canceled

Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three major national meetings scheduled in Anchorage this month have been scrubbed because of repercussions of the terrorists attacks on the East Coast, and more cancellations could be on the way.

The biggest of the canceled events so far, a session of the Council of State Governments, was scheduled to bring about 1,200 people to the city later this week, said Joy Maples of the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau.

In an announcement posted Monday on its Web site, the group noted concerns about airline travel to and from the Anchorage conference.

The Lexington, Ky.-based group said it had consulted several top security experts before deciding the cancel its annual meeting and state leadership forum, which was to run Thursday through next Monday.

A meeting of 800 members of the American Urological Association, Western Section, also was canceled, Maples said. That meeting was scheduled to begin Sunday and run through Thursday.

The Energy Council has canceled a meeting that was supposed to bring in 250 people next week.

It's too early to assess the economic impact of the cancellations, Maples said. But close to 40 meetings were scheduled in Anchorage this month.

It was unclear Monday whether the biggest convention scheduled in the city this month will go forward, Maples said. The National Association of Women in Construction is scheduled to meet Sept. 26-29. Attendance at that meeting was estimated at 1,500 before the terrorist attacks.

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