ABL Cancels 2021 Annual Meeting in New Orleans

BETHESDA, MD – August 27, 2021 – American Beverage Licensees (ABL) Executive Director John Bodnovich issued the following statement on the cancellation of the 2021 ABL Annual Meeting, scheduled for October 17-18, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana:

“After weeks of careful consideration and monitoring of the COVID-19 pandemic and surging Delta variant, ABL leadership has been forced to cancel the 2021 ABL Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The health and safety of our members and meeting attendees remains our paramount concern. The severity of the threat of the highly contagious Delta variant has compelled both the state of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans to require mask-wearing in stores and other indoor venues, with the city of New Orleans implementing proof of vaccination or negative COVID test requirements for nearly all hospitality activities in the city.

We know that many of you have been looking forward to this event, including enjoying the unique hospitality culture of New Orleans, and seeing your friends and colleagues in-person.  We share in your disappointment.

ABL will automatically cancel and fully refund all paid registrations in the next 10 business days.  Those who have booked hotel rooms should contact the Hilton New Orleans – St. Charles Ave to cancel room reservations. 

We thank you for your understanding and support as we all continue to navigate these challenging times.  When confirmed, ABL will formally announce information about the next ABL Annual Meeting.”


Effective August 16, 2021, the City of New Orleans is requiring proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test to participate in activities with a higher risk of COVID transmission, including indoor dining and bars, indoor gyms and fitness, indoor entertainment, and large outdoor events. This is in addition to the indoor mask mandate. Anyone 12 years of age and older, including employees, must provide proof of at least one dose of an approved COVID vaccine or negative PCR test within 72 hours to access:

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Breweries, microbreweries, distilleries & micro-distilleries
  • Event spaces such as hotel ballrooms, event venues & reception halls

To prove vaccination status, individuals can use the LA Wallet app; an original, digital photograph, or photocopy of CDC vaccination cards (both sides); or an official vaccine record issued by another state, foreign nation, or the World Health Organization. See the full guidelines at ready.nola.gov/restrictions

American Beverage Licensees (ABL) will return to New Orleans for the 2021 ABL Annual Meeting on October 17-18, 2021 at the Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Avenue.  Click HERE to book your hotel room.

The 2021 ABL Annual Meeting will bring together beer, wine and spirits retailers from across the country – as well as representatives from the three tiers of the beverage alcohol industry – as the retail alcohol industry is "Navigating the Evolving Landscape" of a COVID and post-COVID beverage alcohol marketplace and policy environment.

Registration is OPEN NOW. We look forward to seeing you - IN-PERSON - in New Orleans in October!