Coronavirus Update

Due to COVID-19 concerns, CFA Institute has made the decision to cancel the 73rd CFA Institute Annual Conference scheduled for 17-20 May at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia USA. Unfortunately, rescheduling the conference is not feasible. Full refunds will be processed immediately. If you made a reservation with the Omni Atlanta at CNN Center, please contact the hotel directly to make any changes to your reservation: 1-404-659-0000. Thank you again for registering for the CFA Institute Annual Conference, and for your patience while we monitored the situation. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes you.

As of 16 March 2020

It is with disappointment that I write to inform you that CFA Institute has made the decision to cancel the 73rd CFA Institute Annual Conference, which was scheduled for 17-20 May at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia USA.

This was a painful decision, but the health and safety of our delegates, volunteers, and staff are our top priority, and with the unfolding situation related to COVID-19, we felt this was the decision that had to be made. Unfortunately, rescheduling the conference is not feasible.

We will begin processing full refunds immediately. If you registered online, your refund will be processed within 24-72 hours. Your refund will be processed to your original form of payment, and you will receive a confirmation email and refund receipt. If you sent payment by check or wire transfer, please allow thirty days for processing.

If you have questions regarding your refund, please contact programs@cfainstitute.org.

If you made a reservation with the Omni Atlanta at CNN Center, please contact the hotel directly to make any changes to your reservation: 1-404-659-0000.

Thank you again for registering for the CFA Institute Annual Conference, and for your patience while we monitored the situation. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes you.
With best regards,

Charlie Henneman, CFA
Head, Educational Events
CFA Institute


As of 10 March 2020

At CFA Institute, the health and safety of our delegates, volunteers, and staff is our top priority. The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a fluid situation and we are continuing to monitor the effects to health, safety, and travel mobility.

We are evaluating scheduled conferences on a case-by-case basis using the most current and reliable information available. We will cancel programs if we believe it to be necessary, as we have done already with Wealth Management in Seattle, Washington on 25–26 March. Presently, there are no plans to cancel the 73rd Annual CFA Institute Conference in Atlanta 17–20 May; however, we are monitoring unfolding events closely and reviewing all available options on an ongoing basis.

To ensure you always have access to the latest information and guidance, we have added a COVID-19 resources page to our Annual Conference website that outlines our onsite health and safety guidelines as well as expert resources from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). We encourage you to stay abreast on the latest updates by visiting this new resources page.

While we’re committed to providing you with information you need to make informed decisions around your travel, we also understand the need for flexibility based on your individual circumstances. If your employer has enforced a company travel ban or you have personally decided to suspend any travel that would prevent you from attending this year’s annual conference in Atlanta, CFA Institute will waive the cancellation fee for delegates who are concerned about traveling to the conference and wish to withdraw.

We will continue to keep you posted.


As of 25 February 2020

Novel Coronavirus Travel and Health Advice

CFA Institute is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving Novel Coronavirus situation and would like to take this opportunity to provide the 73rd CFA Institute Annual Conference attendees with the following travel and health advice:

TRAVEL

  • Foreign Nationals-Authorities in many countries have introduced travel restrictions, along with health screening measures at various airports, due to COVID-19 cases. The measures apply primarily to travelers arriving via air either directly, or indirectly, from mainland China. Some airlines have suspended service to and from mainland China. Foreign nationals who have been to the mainland in the past 14 days will not be allowed entry into multiple countries. Additional entry restrictions and health screening requirements could be implemented.
  • U.S. Citizen Travelers arriving in the U.S.-Those traveling from, or transiting through China, should expect heightened screening measures and related disruption. All U.S. bound flights from China are being rerouted through multiple airports. Additional entry restrictions for travelers from mainland China will also be implemented.
  • Some airlines have suspended flights and are issuing waivers for rebooking, re-routing and refunds. Contact your travel agency for assistance in re-scheduling your travel.
  • It is recommended that all travelers reconfirm their itineraries, allow sufficient time for transfers and connections, and review the overall feasibility of their journeys given the increased restrictions affecting certain countries. Lengthy delays have been reported due to enhanced health screening procedures, Immigration/Border Patrol staff scrutinization of travel documents, and lengthy traveler interviews.
  • Follow all government directives.
  • Per the Travel Risk and Safety policy of CFA Institute: No traveler will be pressured into, or required to, travel to locations where there are significantly heightened health or safety risks, or the level of risk exceeds personal risk tolerance.

HEALTH

  • Do not travel if you are sick. Travelers may be required to participate in health screenings and quarantine. Seek medical attention if you develop symptoms, especially fever or shortness of breath.
  • Wear a face mask in public where outbreaks have been reported.
  • Wash your hands frequently and maintain good personal hygiene. Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer for use when soap and water are not readily available.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Keep your distance from people who are obviously sick.
  • Ensure food, including eggs, is thoroughly cooked.
  • Do not visit farms or wet markets (places that sell dead and live animals out in the open, including poultry, fish, reptiles, and pigs). Do not touch surfaces that may be contaminated with animal droppings

The business operations management teams of CFA Institute are closely monitoring the situation and will provide health and safety recommendations and updates as the situation evolves. Please contact us if you have any concerns.