ASPS/ASPSP Spring Meeting Canceled
Dear Spring Meeting Registrants:
Ensuring the health and safety of members, staff and guests is always the top priority of ASPS. Due to ongoing concerns and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus), the ASPS/ASPSP Spring Meeting scheduled for March 12-14 in New Orleans has been canceled.
The ASPS Executive Committee reviewed the current statistics on COVID-19, the escalation in the number of people affected – and the effect that even one exposure to the virus could have on our members, staff and other attendees (some institutions are even imposing a two-week quarantine for returning travelers). Thus, the Executive Committee unanimously agreed that the potential for increasing the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19 made the cancellation of the meeting the most responsible course of action.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We, too, were looking forward to another exciting meeting and seeing our colleagues from across the country and the world.
To help minimize the inconvenience, additional information is provided below:
- Registration Fee: All Spring Meeting registrants will automatically receive a full refund of registration fees.
- Airline: Most major airlines are waiving change fees related to COVID-19 concerns – this email may be used to show that your travel plans were disrupted due to COVID-19. For your convenience, contact information for airlines is listed below.
- Hotel: There will be no fee to cancel reservations at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans if cancellation is made 72 hours prior to check-in. To contact the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, call (504) 561-1234. Cancellation policies may vary, so if you have reservations at another hotel, please cancel reservations as early as possible.
- ASPS reimbursement of travel fees: To be reimbursed for airline change fees, please cancel your flight and hotel reservation by March 10. Please contact the ASPS Member Services Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 766-4955.
Thank you for your continued support of ASPS, and for your patience and understanding as we work to issue refunds in a timely manner. We look forward to the resolution of the current level of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and to hope to see everyone at Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2020 in San Francisco in October – and next year's Spring Meeting.
Lynn Jeffers, MD, MBA