The North Carolina Captive Insurance Association (NCCIA) has cancelled its 2020 Annual Conference, which had already been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event was due to be held between August 30 and September 2 at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham, after the economic lockdown made it impossible to host the meeting in May. However, the three month delay did not prove enough time for the pandemic to ease sufficiently for the event to go ahead safely.
NCCIA chairman Lea Riddle said: “The dominos did not fall in the right direction to allow us to safely conduct the conference.” The Governor was unwilling to move North Carolina to stage three of its reopening, Riddle noted, while there have been too many new COVID-19 cases and hospitalisations.
Some out of state attendees indicated they were reluctant to travel to the event, while those who were willing may not have had as enjoyable experience as they have in other years.
David Littlehale, chair of the conference planning committee, said: “While the committee is disappointed we could not go forward we will immediately turn our attention toward planning for the 2021 meeting scheduled for May 2-4, once again at Durham’s Washington Duke Inn.”
NCCIA promised the programme next year will be refreshed with new topics and panels.
Tom Adams, president and CEO at the NCCIA, noted that while the cancellation is a keen disappointment, he was looking forward to next year. “The positive is that we have almost an entire year to get a solution(s) for COVID, and a veteran team to put the programme together,” he said.
Refund information will be provided directly to individual registrants.
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