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September 15, 2005

Katrina drives convention north

Detroit Free Press (MI):

About 8,000 to 10,000 members of the Sweet Adelines International women's singing group have switched their Oct. 4-8 annual convention from New Orleans to Detroit's Cobo Center in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It's the first big New Orleans show that Detroit has snared since Katrina devastated the Big Easy a little over two weeks ago. New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has canceled all conventions and trade shows through March 31, sending meeting planners across the country into scramble mode to line up replacement venues.

Kelly Kirchhoff, a spokeswoman for the Tulsa, Okla.-based Sweet Adelines, said the group considered about 35 alternative sites and narrowed it down to Detroit and Atlanta. Detroit offered a better hotel package, so the group of women's barbershop quartets and choral groups will visit the home of Motown and Eminem next month. The group will reserve up to 2,400 hotel rooms a night at 14 area hotels. The Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center will serve as the group's headquarters hotel. Other hotels housing visitors will be elsewhere in downtown, in Windsor, Dearborn and Southfield.

Posted by acapnews at September 15, 2005 10:23 PM