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CABDA cancels November Disney event, plans virtual event for February

Published October 16, 2020

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — CABDA has postponed its inaugural Industry Summit, planned for early November at Disney World in Florida, to 2021. The show organizer also announced that it will hold a virtual trade event in mid-February, replacing the three or four regional events CABDA usually plans to hold in the winter.

CABDA director Jim Kersten said he expects to have in-person expos later in 2021.

"We have been working with all our venues and with the various local governments and health departments to create procedures and policies that keep our attendees and exhibitors safe. This process is incredibly tedious because most large venues have been shut down since March, and their staff have either been re-assigned or furloughed," Kersten said in an email on Friday.

"At present, none of the COVID precautions taken by the states where our events are held allow for effective gatherings larger than 150 people. And while we expect the situation to improve over the next several months, at present there is too much uncertainty to plan effectively for our original dates," he said.

Kersten said he's tentatively planning the CABDA ONLINE Virtual Event for mid-February 2021, followed by CABDA MIDWEST in the Chicago area in mid-September, CABDA West near Los Angeles in mid-October, the Industry Summit in Florida in mid-November, and CABDA East in the New York City area early next December. 

He said CABDA also is launching and expanding digital and print products including podcasts, virtual seminars, and its Pedal Wrench Magazine. 

Topics associated with this article: CABDA, Tradeshows and conferences

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