Crain Communications event among those cancelled after Brussels attacks

Crain Communications' Plastics Recycling Show Europe is among the events cancelled in Brussels, following a series of bombings in the city.

Brussels Airport, scene of one of the attacks
Brussels Airport, scene of one of the attacks

At least 13 people have been killed in an attack at Zaventum International Airport (Brussels Airport), while a further 10 are suspected to have died in a bombing on the city’s metro system.

The European exhibition and conference for the plastics recycling industry was due to run today and tomorrow (22-23 March) at the Brussels Expo.

Event coordinator, Jennifer Noakes, said the company had taken the advice of the venue and cancelled the remainder of the event. "We’ve been advised to close down the event, so we’ll be issuing a statement of cancellation shortly," she told C&IT. "At the moment we are advising exhibitors and visitors to stay inside the building, as it’s safer here. We’ll be updating delegates throughout the day with advice from authorities."

Other cancelled events include IBM's Cognos Controller User Seminar, which was due to take place today at IBM Client Center and NewTec's Governement & Defense Satellite Communications Seminar, also due to take place today at the Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport Hotel. 

At present the airport and all public transports are closed. The British Foreign Office has issued a statement advising all travellers in Brussels to avoid crowded places and the public transport network.

Security has also been ramped up at UK and French airports, in response to the attacks. 

If any event planners have been affected by the attacks, please contact us on Twitter @CITmagazine

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