As Hurricane Katrina blew into world headlines for the human misery it caused on the U.S. Gulf Coast, NBAA faced a monumental decision all its own: where to hold its annual convention, which was scheduled to take place in the ravaged city a little over two months after the storm rolled through.
By September 2, however, the association had charted the difficult course between remaining sensitive to the plight of New Orleans and keeping the annual convention a go, announcing that the gathering would take place in Orlando, Fla., from November 9 to 11 at the Orange County Convention Center.
The association will allocate a portion of the convention’s proceeds to the relief effort for victims of Katrina, and several NBAA exhibitors have done likewise. Dassault Falcon Jet, for example, has canceled its traditional pre-convention customer gala and instead is donating $100,000 to the relief effort. NBAA reports that the transition to Orlando has gone as smoothly as could be expected, and that exhibitors have shown no signs of downsizing their exhibits or canceling their commitments to appear on the trade-show floor.