By Sylvia Gonzalez
ODESSA - For the past few months, rumors have been swirling that the Permian Basin International Oil Show was canceled this year due to the lack of hotel rooms. NewsWest 9 talked exclusively to the Executive Director of the show who wants to set the record straight.
The Permian Basin International Oil Show is a biennial event that has been going on for the past 75 years. So when rumors began buzzing that the show may be canceled because of a lack of hotel rooms, Executive Director Tony Fry wanted to clear up any misunderstanding.
"I heard that rumor before, no absolutely it will be bigger and better than ever before," Fry said.
Bigger and better is what is expected with people coming in from as far as China and the Middle East. But with the lack of hotel rooms available, they had to be creative in where to house their guests.
"As far away as Lubbock or San Angelo. They're having to go outside the Midland and Odessa area," Fry said.
Fry says it never crossed his mind to pull the plug on the show, not only because of the tradition but because this is a great opportunity for oilfield companies to show off their new technology.
"People are interested in what's in the new developments. Some of the new companies are throughout here and operating and they're going to be at the show to show the new companies new technology," Fry said.
Linda Sweatt, Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau says, if the Oil Show would've been canceled it would have had a negative impact not only in Odessa but the surrounding areas.
"You are looking at more dollars, that money would not be coming into Odessa, and or the other communities without having the Oil Show. I think it would drastically affect us every other year on the economy that comes into Odessa," Sweatt said.