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DENVER-Five major citywide conventions are scheduled for October and November in Denver, and none of them have cancelled in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Together, the conventions are expected to draw more than 32,000 people to the city, spending an estimated $45 million.

While smaller groups and individuals are canceling hotel reservations by droves in Denver and other cities across the country, large conventions typically go forward, says Eugene Dilbeck, president of the Denver Metro Conventions & Visitors Bureau. It’s often written into their bylaws that they can’t cancel because of things such as electing board members, he says.

”But, the number of attendees will likely be down,” which will lessen the economic impact on Denver, Dilbeck tells GlobeSt.com. ”And exhibitors may reduce the amount of square footage they purchased.”

So how much does he expect the attendance to drop?

”That’s a tough one,” Dilbeck tells GlobeSt.com. ”I wouldn’t want to even speculate on it.”

Conventions planned include the National Recreation & Parks Association on Oct. 3 to 5, with as many as 10,000 attendees; the National Postal Forum, with 4,000 attendees on Oct. 13 to 17; the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, with 5,000 attendees on Oct. 22 to Oct. 25; the Association for Computing Machinery, with 5,300 attendees from Nov. 12-15; and the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, with 8,000 attendees on Nov. 17 to Nov. 20.

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