NBAA Cancels and Cuts Back Shows

Business Jet Traveler » February 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 4:00am

With the worldwide economy still in decline, the National Business Aviation Association has canceled this year's Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), which had been scheduled for February in Hong Kong. NBAA has also cut back its inaugural Light Business Airplane Conference from three days to two, March 13 to 14. In addition, the association has limited indoor exhibit sizes at the San Diego show to 20 by 20 feet and will reduce exhibit fees 20 percent and cut attendance fees 50 percent.

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