Thanks to Irene, insurance regulators cancel Phila. meeting

Hurricane Irene has already slammed Philadelphia's tourism industry.

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners said Thursday that it was canceling its summer national meeting at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown scheduled for Aug. 29-Sept. 1.

NAIC president Susan E. Voss said in an interview posted on the group's website that members were concerned about safety of people traveling as well as the safety of people in states that could be affected by what would be the first major hurricane to hit the United States in 2011.

"The place for the regulator is to be at home, making sure their residents are safe and that any questions they have can be readily answered," Voss said.

More than 1,500 people, including insurance regulators and industry types, had been registered to attend.