DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2001) — Responding to what he called “rumors,” Charles R. Blum, president of the Specialty Equipment Market Association, has reaffirmed that the 2001 International Tire Expo/SEMA Show will be held as scheduled in the Las Vegas Convention Center from Tuesday, Oct. 30, to Friday, Nov. 2 in Las Vegas.
“There are rumors and incorrect information circulating about the shows' cancellation,” Mr. Blum said. “These, including the message that ran on the bottom of the screen on CNN-TV on Thursday, September 20, are NOT TRUE.”
The network reportedly had said that the Las Vegas Convention Center had cancelled all shows through November.
In an e-mail message to persons planning to attend or considering attending the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW) shows, Mr. Blum said that Diamond Bar-based SEMA intends “to conduct business in Las Vegas as planned, and we will deliver an outstanding show for both exhibitors and attendees. Your attendance at our aftermarket shows in Las Vegas will do much to regain momentum of our industry's business.”
To that end, he continued, the association has extended its early registration discount through Friday, October 5. He advised anyone with further questions or concerns to contact ConvExx, SEMA's show management company, at (858) 244-1313.
“We are determined to honor the memories of the Sept. 11 victims,” Mr. Blum said in reference to the terrorist attacks on the U.S. “With that in mind, it is vital that our industry move forward. Thank you for your support of our industry, and your faith in America's future.”