I hope that this message finds you and your family safe and well as we all look forward to the full re-opening of our states and the resumption of our business and leisure activities. At this time, we want to give you an update on the status of the 2020 Midwest Haunters Convention, currently scheduled to take place on July 24-26, 2020, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
Earlier this month, under a Five Phase Plan for re-opening the State of Illinois, the Governor banned mass gatherings until either an effective treatment or a vaccine to combat COVID-19 has been developed. Illinois’ guidelines make it unlikely that conventions will resume here this summer and we are in discussions with convention facilities in two other Midwestern cities that will be ready to host trade shows in July. One city under consideration (based upon suggestions from exhibitors) is Indianapolis. Both the Indiana Convention Center, the other venue we have identified, and our own organization, are consulting with trade groups as well as state and local agencies to establish new protocols for producing and attending events. The health and safety of our exhibitors, attendees and staff are of the utmost importance to us and we will share these protocols with you as they become available.
Once again during the COVID-19 crisis, TransWorld finds itself in uncharted waters and we are trying to make the best possible decision to serve the needs of the Haunted Attraction Industry. Your feedback matters to us and we will be sending out a survey by June 1, 2020, to gauge your comfort level in attending an event before we commit to moving forward. If you would like to participate, be sure to sign up for the MHC mailing list (look for the form elsewhere on this page).
We want to thank all of you for the time you have already spent sharing your thoughts with us and we look forward to receiving your additional comments in response to our survey. Our goal now, as always, is to offer events that add value to the members of our community,
TransWorld Trade Shows and Midwest Haunters Convention