Industry News: London-based McQueens Flowers Arrives in New York, the Georgia Aquarium's $100 Million Expansion, Event Postponements Due to Coronavirus, and More

NATIONAL: Event management software company Aventri announced new partnerships with three virtual event solution providers—Intrado Digital Media, Digitell, and Evia—to offer event and meeting professionals the option to move their events to a virtual platform amidst the recent coronavirus outbreak.

ATLANTA: The Georgia Aquarium is undergoing a $100 million expansion, which is set to be completed by fall 2020. The expansion includes a 1 million-square-foot shark exhibit, as well as updates to the entrance, exits, and loading docks.

CHICAGO: The James Beard Foundation will defer its annual Restaurant & Chef Awards Gala to summer 2020 due to coronavirus concerns. The black-tie event was originally set to be held on May 4 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

LOS ANGELES: The Pacific Design Center has canceled its Westweek event, which was slated to take place March 18-19, over COVID-19 concerns. Meanwhile, Paleyfest (slated to kick off tonight) and WonderCon (slated for April 10-12) have both been postponed; new dates have not yet been released. On Wednesday night, Governor Gavin Newsom recommended that public gatherings of more than 250 people be postponed or canceled through the end of March. 

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NASHVILLE: The grand opening of New York-based Brooklyn Bowl's first Tennessee venue has been postponed due to growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. A new opening date has yet to be set. 

NEW YORK: London-based McQueens Flowers makes its U.S. debut with the opening of its first retail space in the entryway of the Moxy Chelsea. The McQueens International Flower School will also offer bi-monthly floral design classes in the hotel’s rooftop lounge, the Fleur Room, starting in April.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show, originally set to take place from March 27-29 at the Mana Wynwood Convention Center, has been postponed until September 4-7 due to COVID-19 concerns.

With contributions from Ashton Pike and Wellsley Kesel in Atlanta; Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles; and Beth Kormanik and Michele Laufik in New York.

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