NEW YORK: PR executives are cancelling 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, organised by the regional government of Quebec,
was to have been held in the nearby World Financial Center.
The organiser, Quebec in New York, had planned a range of outdoor events
in the surrounding area.
The organisation's efforts were supported by agencies Kreisberg Company
and Makovsky & Co, and Quebec in New York is still deciding how to
Book publicists have also been hit particularly hard - authors are
unwilling to fly to book-signing events, and talk shows are not
returning to regular programming for the foreseeable future.
Camille McDuffie, president of publishing-industry PR agency Goldberg
McDuffie Communications, said: 'In September, a lot has been cancelled.
But book stores are still hoping authors will do events.'
The agency had been planning events for author Susan Isaacs, but had to
cancel her appearances in Washington, DC and Chicago.
The events of 11 September also forced the cancellation of book-tour
appearances by former General Electric CEO Jack Welch. He was scheduled
to appear on Fox News, The Tonight Show, and Charlie Rose, among
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 centre.