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Houston First Statement on Cancellation of CERAWeek

Houston • March 1, 2020

HOUSTON (March 1, 2020) - Houston First has been in ongoing communication with organizers of CERAWeek and has been informed that due to an advisory by the World Health Organization of the growing threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the number of international people planning to attend the conference, the group is canceling this year’s event which was scheduled for March 9-13 at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel and the George R. Brown Convention Center.  

We were looking forward to hosting the annual energy conference with more than 55-hundred expected attendees. CERAWeek decided to cancel this year out of concern for the health and safety of its delegates, speakers and all who planned to attend from 80 different countries. Nothing specific to Houston led to the group’s decision. There are zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Houston.

CERAWeek has been coming to Houston for nearly 40 years and has attracted thousands of attendees from around the world to our city. This prestigious group has selected Houston because it is a global leader in energy, as well as a hub for some of the top minds in the industry. Houston will be ready with cutting-edge energy-related ideas and solutions when CERAWeek returns, and Houston First will join Mayor Sylvester Turner in eagerly welcoming the group back to our city next year.

As the destination management organization for the city of Houston, we want to remind everyone the city of Houston reports no confirmed coronavirus cases and the city remains open for business. Houston is the culinary and cultural capital of the south, and continues to offer a variety of memorable experiences and opportunities. We encourage residents and visitors alike to keep exploring Houston and enjoying new and longtime favorites from museums, to parks, live entertainment and of course the best food on the planet.