ICANN61 Still Slated for Puerto Rico Following Devastation of Hurricane Maria

icann61-logoDespite the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, ICANN is still planning on holding their 61st public meeting in the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan from 10 to 15 March 2018.

In a post on the ICANN blog, Nick Tomasso, ICANN’s Vice President, Global Meeting Operations and Managing Director – Middle East & Africa writes it’s ICANN’s “sincere hope is that by that time, recovery on the island will have advanced to the point where our meeting can proceed as scheduled. It is one way that we can all show meaningful economic support for this storm-battered U.S. territory.”

“We are working with our hosts to closely monitor the recovery efforts on Puerto Rico, and will keep the ICANN community apprised as the date of our meeting draws nearer.

“If it is determined that the recovery efforts don’t advance to the point where San Juan can reasonably support a conference that will likely draw several thousand, we will then look for an alternative location. At this point however, that is neither our desire nor our intention.”