WASHINGTON -- Dealers who sell medium- and heavy-duty trucks will hold their 2006 convention in Atlanta rather than New Orleans, as they had planned.
American Truck Dealers, a 2,400-member division of the National Automobile Dealers Association, announced the switch on Sept. 16. The group cited the devastation to New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina.
The next ATD convention and exposition will be April 22-24 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Truck dealers will return to New Orleans as soon as it is "opportune," says David Hyatt, NADA's COO for public affairs.
NADA's own far larger and economically important annual convention rotates among several cities. It was in New Orleans this year. It is scheduled for Orlando, Fla., in February.
The convention is scheduled to return to New Orleans in 2009. If New Orleans' business district is up and running by then, Hyatt says, "We'll be there."
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