Even Docs Are Worried About Meetings In Swine Flu Zones
Knowland Group finds meeting planners would go ahead with meetings in epidemic areas - with precautions!
Meeting planners for the Texas Nurses Association, contacted by the Knowland Group, are so thrown off by the epidemic that they refused to comment, until, they said, they’ve had time to plan their initial response. Meanwhile, Vita Montalbano, an event planner who sets up large meetings for the Texas School Board Association, told The Knowland Group that she isn’t worried about the epidemic affecting her meetings yet; although, she often hosts meetings in Santa Fe, which is relatively close to the epidemic’s spreading path. When questioned about whether she would actually cancel a meeting, if Santa Fe became an epidemic hot spot, Ms. Montalbano said she would not. “I know my members would call and ask if the event was going to still be held,” she said, “and I would assure them that I had been in contact with the hotel and had asked them to take any necessary precautions, such as serving bottled water instead of having open pitchers, and similar procedures.”
Hotels in the Southwest are likely to take a hit, despite the hardy attitude of most of the meeting planners questioned, as this frightening and sudden epidemic spreads upward from Mexico further into the United States.
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