Mosquitos force relocation of June meeting.
Late Friday, ICANN announced that it is moving this summer’s meeting scheduled for Panama City due to fears over the Zika virus.
The non-profit posted a notice on its meetings page:
ICANN56, scheduled to be held in Panama in June 2016, will be moved to another location due to the severity of the Zika Virus outbreak in the Latin America region. A search is currently underway to identify an alternate location where the Zika Virus is not a concern. We look forward to returning to Panama for a future ICANN Meeting.
There goes one of my planned summer trips.
The Panama meeting promised to be a big destination for domain name investors. A handful of people in the industry, including Andrew Rosener and Gregg McNair, live or have connections to the city.
ICANN is still searching for an alternate location. But by this time in June, that might exclude some part of the United States, too, if Zika-free mosquito zones are a requirement. As of now, the planned fall meeting in Puerto Rico is still on the books.