Coronavirus and Your Meeting Contracts

Coronavirus is the number one topic in the meetings and travel industries right now. If your meeting is scheduled to occur in the next few months, this webinar will discuss what your options are in making a Go or No-Go decision and how to interpret your contracts regarding liability. It will also cover how to prepare future contracts and the four legal standards to include to protect meeting sponsors from not only epidemics and diseases, but other disasters as well.


Will insurance save the day? Come find out. Industry legal expert John Foster, Esq., CHME will present this topic and answer your questions at the end.

Issues addressed during webinar:

  • Define when Coronavirus, or any other calamity, is a Force majeure;
  • Understand how Force Majeure clauses are interpreted and the role of “foreseeability” when preparing the clauses;
  • Define the meaning of Impossibility, Illegality, Commercial Impracticability, and Frustration of Purpose and how contract law applies these terms;

Featured Speaker:

John Foster, Esq., CHME, Attorney at FOSTER, JENSEN & GULLEY

John Foster, Esq., CHME
John S. Foster, Esq. CHME is an attorney, speaker, author and legal counselwhose firm Foster, Jensen & Gulley specializesin the legal aspects of meetings & conventions, trade shows & events,and association management.


He has been an associate or general counsel for overfour hundred (400) national and regional associations and companies since 1986and has been named nine (9) times as one of the 25 most influential people in the meetings industry by MeetingNews.


Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)Members voted John special recognition as its “Author of the Year” forhis frequent contributions to Convene magazine. His peers have also voted Johna Special Recognition Award as “Corporate Member of the Year” throughthe Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE). John has also been selected as a SubjectMatter Expert (SME) for the Meeting Professionals International (MPI)peer-to-peer assistance program, a select member of the MPI Advisory Panel,and a Platinum Speaker for Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and a former outside counsel for Meeting Professionals International (MPI) onindustry contracts and other legal issues.


John is the Author of the soon to be published “Hotel & Facility Contracts: A Field Guideand Best Practices for Meeting & Event Professionals”.


John’s professional experience includes twelve (12)years as a director of sales and marketing for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts andMarriott Hotels and Resorts. He holds the Certified Hospitality MarketingExecutive (CHME) designation from HSMAI. John is also a volunteer with theGeorgia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and a member of the Christian LegalSociety.

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