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September 20, 2017

Jacksonville’s Meeting and Convention Venues Open Post-Irma

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Jacksonville's meetings and conventions facilities are open following Hurricane Irma, and the Visit Jacksonville Sales and Services team is ready to assist groups looking to book their next event in our destination, Visit Jacksonville reports.

With the flood waters receding, and most of the high-water issues contained to residential areas of the city, nearly all of Jacksonville's tourism and meetings and conventions facilities are operating at 100 percent capacity, officials said. Additionally, Jacksonville has reported that no groups have cancelled upcoming meetings in the city.

"Fortunately, our Convention Center was not affected by Hurricane Irma, and all but one of our Downtown Convention hotels are open for business," said Paul Astleford, president and CEO, Visit Jacksonville, in a written release. "Unprecedented resources are being put towards restoring the affected areas and businesses. However, we are very happy to report that our tourism and meetings/conventions infrastructure is near completely restored and open for business. We feel for the other areas which were hard hit and hope that they can recover as quickly as possible."

Jacksonville's beach communities and extensive park system saw little impact from the storm, and just one of Jacksonville's 160 hotels has yet to reopen due to issues related to Irma. Areas of Downtown Jacksonville that saw an impact from Irma are cleaning up and open to visitors.

"Many groups have reached out with questions after seeing the damage on the news, but we can assure them that the majority of our destination is back to business and ready to host as many groups as possible this fall and winter," said Monica Smith, CMP, CASE, CDME, Visit Jacksonville's vice president of sales and services.

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