Tornado Damage Doesn't Stop Atlanta Meetings

Despite a tornado that struck downtown Atlanta on March 14, Georgia World Congress Center Authorities announced this week that two conventions planned for later this month will continue as scheduled. The International Window Coverings Expo, scheduled for March 26 through March 29, and the National Propane Gas Association, March 29 through March 31, will be held as planned at the nation's fourth largest convention center. The two events will bring a combined impact of nearly $14 million in direct spending to Atlanta.

"We are extremely pleased that we are able to host these two great events," said General Manager Mark Zimmerman," and this illustrates the partnership of the GWCC, the Atlanta hospitality community and the convention industry is a strong one."

The tornado caused damage to the convention center, as well as the Georgia Dome and Centennial Olympic Park.

"Hundreds—really thousands—of people have worked to get the convention center and the city back to business. It's a great illustration of teamwork and we certainly want to thank our customers and community," said Zimmerman.