By Rachel Bassett
Now that Irma has passed, what is occurring in the wake of the storm? With an estimated 160,000 people in shelters, and a further 6.2 million thought to be left without power, the damage done to the Sunshine State is bad, but not as catastrophic as it was first assumed it would be. But what has become of the myriad of events and conventions scheduled for this time, have they been postponed, relocated or canceled? Lets take a look at some of the biggest events that were due to take place in Miami and Orange County over the month of September, and see if we can shed some light on this.
The Orange County Convention Center is the second largest convention center in the United States and had a few events which were scheduled to run over the next week or so. The ISE Expo 2017 on the 12th-14th of September, The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo also running from the 12th-14th of September, and The Landscape show on the 14th-16th have all been postponed. Thankfully, the Orange County Convention Center was not damaged during hurricane Irma, and will be back open for a private Microsoft function on the 25th September. When these events are rescheduled it should be of great importance for the attendees to make an effort to go, to present them with the chance to connect with new peers in often casual environments while attending a variety of workshops, lectures and fun social activities.
The opening of the Miami International Auto Show, originally scheduled for Saturday, September 9th at the Miami Beach Convention Center, has been postponed due to Irma, with the promoters South Florida Dealers Association issuing a statement saying that they will be "able to open the Auto Show sometime next week depending on the movement of the storm". President of the South Florida Dealers Association, Richard Baker, insisted that they are working with officials from the City of Miami Beach to decide when will be best for it to open its doors to the general public. It's important that those who were planning to attend still do just that, and attend this event despite the damage caused by Irma, to show their support for the industry, and the individuals working in it.
The Fontainebleau Hotel of Miami Beach is scheduled to hold the 23rd Annual ABS East Conference from the 17th to the 19th of September, with panel discussions on a whole host of topics of concern to the structured finance industry. The Fontainebleau has not suffered any serious damage as a result of Irma, and is planning to resume business at the earliest available opportunity. Visitors will still be able to enjoy the full experience of that attending the ABS East Conference holds, as well as the luxury experience that the Fontainebleau offers.
Please check back with us as we learn of changes in the event industry and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have important information for the rest of our community.