Industry slows as 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.

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., 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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