US snow storm forces event cancellations

Conferences and events in New York and across the east coast of the US were cancelled yesterday and are at risk today due to extreme weather conditions and transport shutdowns.

US snow storm forces event cancellations (©Anthony Quintano)
US snow storm forces event cancellations (©Anthony Quintano)

Winter storm Juno – or 'Snowmageddon' – saw six US states declare a state of emergency, with Boston and New York effectively closing down, with public transport cancelled and a driving ban in place on 27 January. Nearly 7,000 flights in and out of the area were also cancelled.

Despite the weather not ending up as severe as predicted in New York City, the events industry was affected. Agency Grass Roots was forced to call off a three-day annual global sales conference where 250 delegates had been expected to fly in from international locations. 

"Luckily we’re used to this sort of thing happening here so we had contingency plans in place and we’re in the process of negotiating the rebook of the event," said Charlotte Leo, operations director of event services at Grass Roots.

"We also had several smaller programs in Boston that were cancelled as well. But hopefully things will get back to normal tomorrow, we haven’t cancelled the events we have on then." 

The New York convention bureau NYC & Company confirmed that no major conventions were scheduled to take place in the city yesterday or today (28 January). It advised that anyone travelling to, or hosting events in New York should keep updated on the situation on the City of New York official website here.

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