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NBWA to drop its annual convention

The National Beer Wholesalers' Association has announced major changes in the scheduling and format of its two principal meetings.

NBWA's Convention and Exhibition, which previously took place on a yearly basis, will now be held on a biennial schedule. Accordingly, plans for the September, 1990 meeting, slated for Atlanta, GA, has been scrapped. The next trade show event will be September 22-25, 1991, in Las Vegas, NV.

With the loss of an annual convention and exhibition, the NBWA will place greater emphasis on the the annual Spring Legislative Conference as a means of enhancing NBWA's influence in federal government affairs. Plans call for the May 6-9, 1990 event in Washington, DC to be significantly expanded in an effort to gain greater involvement by wholesalers from all parts of the country in NBWA's legislative activities.

Placing more emphasis on the Spring Conference was in keeping with the results of a recent survey among NBWA members. Eighty-seven percent of the respondents listed the association's activities in federal government affairs as its most important program area.

"Consideration was given to the results of a 1989 survey by the American Society of Association Executives showing an average 38-percent decline in attendance at national conventions of all types over a three-year period," said NBWA chairman of the board Joe Burkett. "In view of the industry trend toward consolidation and mergers, together with the diminishing number of technological innovations by exhibitors, it is believed that the new schedule will best serve the interest of both wholesalers and exhibitors."
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Title Annotation:National Beer Wholesalers' Association
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Nov 6, 1989
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