Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau asks planners to postpone, not cancel events

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) — The Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) is asking those who have events planned in the near future to postpone instead of cancel them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a news release issued Thursday afternoon, ACVB says 56 groups have canceled meetings and/or events in Abilene so far, costing local businesses and attractions $5.4 million.

ACVB says they will be working with hospitality partners on a recovery plan as they anticipate a reduced budget for the rest of the year, as well as smaller revenue sources.

The news release reads as follows:

The Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau team is here to help local businesses and venues. The effect on Abilene’s hospitality industry has been drastic. Cancellations continue.  56 groups have canceled meetings and events in our city so far, resulting in a loss of $5.4 million to local businesses and attractions. The ACVB is reaching out to planners and encouraging events be postponed instead of canceled. 

In the weeks ahead, the ACVB will be working with our hospitality partners on a recovery plan. Obviously our budget will be reduced for the rest of the year and revenue sources will shrink. 

The travel industry is resilient because of the spirit of the people and we WILL recover.  

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