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October 21, 2016

Americas: Conference Associations Aim for National Guidelines for Conference Security

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A panel of heavy-hitting conference, expositions, and venue-management associations took the stage at IMEX America in Las Vegas Tuesday to urge the industry to throw its support behind the Exhibitions and Meetings Safety and Security Initiative

imex security panelThe goal of the initiative is to develop national guidelines to ensure the safety of conference attendees, sponsors, and venues against threats, including terrorism. Properly crafted programs can also qualify for certification under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's SAFETY Act (Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies); organizations with approved programs earn some protections in federal court against legal liability for terror attacks. "People who do harm don't carry insurance to help those they harm," noted Bruce B. Davidson, director of the office of SAFETY Act Implementation in the Department of Homeland Security.

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