Reflecting widespread travel and business uncertainties, the Magazine Publishers of America and American Society of Magazine Editors, the Manhattan-centric publishing industry trade groups, moved this year's annual American Magazine Conference from Phoenix's Arizona Biltmore to Manhattan's Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers. The AMC was also shortened a day, in part because golf and sporting events were eliminated. It will now run Oct. 21-23. The news was first reported on AdAge.com.
"It's not just concerns about security. It's concerns about cost," said an executive familiar with the rescheduling. "It's because of the symbolism-spending-as-usual in a time that's not." The executive said MPA and ASME discussed canceling the convention but decided instead to move it.
"It was becoming more and more difficult for editors and publishers to leave New York. We are in the news business," said Nina Link, the MPA's president-CEO.