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February 5, 2018
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Americas: Meetings Due Diligence in the Aftermath of a Disaster


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After the epically awful 2017 hurricane season wreaked destruction from Texas to Florida to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, meeting professionals with future events booked in affected areas are grappling with a tough question: Should we stay or should we go? Will their organization and attendees be better served by cancelling and relocating the program, or stay the course at the original destination and hope the lights will be on and the AV running by the meeting’s scheduled dates?

There are legal and financial risks to both decisions, and no easy answers unless your meeting venue flat-out tells you not to come, says meetings industry attorney, author, and counselor John Foster, Esq., CHME, senior partner with Foster, Jensen, and Gulley. Here is the seven-step due diligence process recommended by Foster, who has led more than his fair share of clients through post-disaster negotiations from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to last year’s hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

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