PCA Announces Cancellation of 2020 Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas Due to COVID-19
PCA | May 14, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC— PCA announced today it will cancel the PCA Convention and Trade Show that was scheduled to take place July 10—14, 2020 at the Sands/Venetian Convention Center and Hotel due to public health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“After much deliberation and careful discussions of every aspect of our annual convention and trade show, the PCA Board and the Associate Member Advisory Board have made the difficult decision to cancel our current event scheduled for July,” said PCA Executive Director Scott Pearce. “The annual event is an important fixture in the premium tobacco industry, and we were very excited to bring a whole new experience to the industry this year. However, the public health and safety of our attendees, staff and volunteers outweighed any other considerations in our collective decision-making process.”
PCA was in regular contact with our partners during this time to help us determine the best possible solutions for moving forward. Given the number of still-unknown factors related to the containment of the virus, and with PCA attendees coming from all over the country as well as internationally, PCA concluded that cancelling the July face-to-face meeting was the safe and responsible action.
“We understand how important this event is to the business needs of both our manufacturers and our retailers, so we are re-doubling our efforts to create innovative new ways to aid our members this year,” Pearce said.
PCA has been working on some new ways for manufacturers and retailers to connect and has made the decision to fast-track these plans to launch some of these this year to help support retailers and manufacturers as the economy begins the slow process of opening and realizing some modest sense of normalcy. PCA will release the details of these new services in the coming weeks.
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With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of our in-person 2020 trade show, we want to ensure you have all the resources you need to obtain refunds on Hotel and Travel reservations you may have made. Please see the following to request cancellations and refunds to any travel plans previously secured for the trade show (be sure to reference the cancellation due to COVID-19).
If you have already booked your hotel room at the Palazzo at the Venetian Resort using our Hotel Room Block, contact the hotel directly at (866) 659-9659 to request a refund. If you booked outside of our room block or at a different hotel, you should contact that hotel directly to request a refund.
If you have already booked your flight for the trade show, contact your airline directly to request a refund:
- United Airlines: visit online or call 1-800-864-8331
- Delta: visit online or call 1-800-221-1212
- American Airlines: visit online or call 1-800-433-1790
If you have already booked a rental car for the trade show, contact the company directly to request a refund:
NOTE: If you experience any difficulty with your refund request from the service providers listed above, please contact Lisa Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for your continued support of the PCA and being a part of the premium tobacco community. We hope you and yours are safe and well during these unprecedented times.