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ICSC cancels Vegas convention as COVID-19 situation escalates

The International Council of Shopping Centers has cancelled its annual Las Vegas conference.

In a statement issued this morning, the organization said it decided to suspend the Vegas convention and all ICSC events as the national impact of the COVID-19 situation has “rapidly escalated.”

Nicknamed the Super Bowl of the retail industry, the RECon event regularly draws nearly 40,000 from across the US along with thousands of exhibitors and big name speakers such as Daymond John, former New York Giant Michael Strahan and NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith.

Designed to be a convergence point for landlords, tenants and brokers, the four-day event at the Las Vegas Convention Center has evolved into a forward-looking consortium on the future of the industry, prominently featuring emerging technology.

However, the ICSC said this morning, “The health and safety of our event attendees is ICSC’s top priority. As you have seen in the news, the impact of the COVID-19 situation has rapidly escalated. Among other things, many national events have been cancelled, numerous State of Emergency proclamations have been issued, schools have closed across the nation, and many professional and collegiate sports have suspended or cancelled their seasons.

“In consideration of these developments and the fluidity of the situation, we have decided to suspend all ICSC events, including RECon, through June 30, 2020.”

RECon will not take place in May, and the ICSC said it is evaluating potential new dates and alternatives for later in the year.

“We recognize the importance of RECon in helping you build and grow your businesses, and we appreciate your patience as we manage this situation. We will immediately communicate with you when new plans for RECon are finalized,” the organization said in a statement published on its website.

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