Industry slows as US attacks put events plans on hold

NEW YORK - PR executives are canceling and postponing events all over the US as a result of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

NEW YORK - PR executives are canceling and postponing events all over the US as a result of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

One cultural exhibition, organized by the regional government of Quebec, was to have been held in the nearby World Financial Center. The organizer, Quebec in New York, had planned a range of outdoor events in the surrounding area.



Book publicists have also been hit particularly hard: authors are now unwilling to fly to book-signing events, and talk shows are not returning to regular programming for the foreseeable future.



Major events such as Book Country and Fashion Week were shelved alongside trade shows at the Javits Center, a New York conference venue serving as a makeshift rescue center. The Audio Engineering Society was scheduled to hold a show there last week.



BizBash.com, a resource website for event planners, has had to scratch many of its listings. However, it has put together a list of alternative venues for PR executives. CEO/editorial director David Adler said, 'We're getting people on the phone canceling events, but people are also thinking about planning Christmas parties, because there's still a need for people to gather, to congregate.'



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