PestWorld 2020 is to be a virtual event

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PestWorld, which was due to run in Nashville, Tennessee, from October 13-16, will now be virtual event. The National Pest Management Association said that V-PestWorld will run on the same dates this autumn.

The NPMA said it conducted significant market research, both qualitative and quantitative with all stakeholders including members, past attendees, speakers and suppliers.

Alexis Wirtz, senior vice president, meetings and conventions for the NPMA, said: “Many of our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and pest control companies have a travel ban in place through the remainder of 2020 so they would not be able to attend any face to face events.”

Scott Steckel, president of the NPMA, added: “It’s not an easy path for any of us, and none of us have a roadmap to rely on. After several months of looking at multiple options on how to host PestWorld 2020, the board voted unanimously to put into action what we feel is the best option for the industry.

“We are really pleased that the PMP and supplier communities have expressed such overwhelming support of NPMA and this V-convention. We look forward to an exciting event.”

With the decision of the board, Mr Steckel said the focus now shifts to planning and executing the best virtual convention possible for the industry.

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