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DENVER-So far, at least 25 conventions, trade shows and meetings have been cancelled in the metro area, following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The conventions were called off in sympathy for the victims of the tragedy, as well because of limited air service.

Another reason is that many people simply don’t feel safe flying at this time.

Reportedly, losses already have cost hotels $1 million to $5 million in expected revenues.

The next big convention in Denver is the National Recreation and Park Association’s meeting on Oct. 3 to 6. The event will bring 10,000 visitors to Denver, and has not yet been cancelled, says Eugene Dilbeck, president of the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“So far, no one has canceled any citywide conventions,” Dilbeck tells GlobeSt.com. “They have cancelled a number of meetings at hotels, though.”

Retailers and restaurants also suffer when conventions are cancelled.

The 50 conventions booked by the bureau last year brought $192 million to the city. Denver is not alone.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers issued a report that projects the national hotel industry will post its worse performance in 33 years because of fear of terrorism.

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