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. The organization's efforts were supported by
agencies Kreisberg Company and Makovsky & Co., and the Quebec in New
York is still deciding how to proceed.
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.
Camille McDuffie, president of Goldberg McDuffie Communications, a
publishing-industry PR agency, 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 September 11 also forced the cancellation of book-tour
appearances by former GE chief Jack Welch. He was scheduled to appear on
Fox News, The Tonight Show, and Charlie Rose, among others.
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."