Safety concerns over Cairo ad industry congress

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LONDON -- The International Advertising Association is studying its planned World Congress to be held in Cairo next May in light of the slaughter of 57 foreigners in Egypt on November 17, according to IAA Director Norman Vale. The IAA board is likely to discuss the issue by telephone and make a decision soon.

Several IAA board members this week told Ad Age that the event should be moved to another country or be canceled. Mr. Vale says he couldn't comment on whether or not there was enough time to move the venue. At a committee meeting of the U.K. chapter of the IAA held after an earlier attack in Egypt, the question of safety was raised. Mr. Vale said that nobody in New York has expressed concerns to him about the safety of the Cairo Congress.

Attempts to reach the World Congress organizers in Cairo were not successful.

Mr. Vale said that the IAA has received no cancellations following the most recent attack although, as is typical for such IAA conferences, few people have registered for the Congress so far in advance.

Copyright November 1997, Crain Communications Inc.

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