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DMAI announces new additions to Destinations Showcase conference

Destination Marketing Association International today announced three new additions to its upcoming Destinations Showcase Chicago, taking place on June 27 in Rosemont, Ill. The offerings include complimentary round-trip shuttle service to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center from three stops in the Chicago Loop as well as a unique “Session on Wheels” and special content for medical meeting professionals.

Jonathan Howe, senior founding partner of Howe & Hutton, LLC, will present an interactive session titled “More Than Logistics: Managing Your Meetings’ Risks and Limiting Liability” during two morning trips aboard the Loop Shuttle, sponsored by Transportation Management Services. The 45-minute sessions will explore how oversights can be prevented-both during a meeting’s planning stages and before putting any ink to contracts.

In addition, “The Sunshine Act: What Does It Mean to You?” breakout session will address the federal law requiring healthcare meeting planners to disclose payments for Transfer of Value (TOV) starting in 2013. A panel of meeting experts will present steps they are taking to prepare for the new transparency and accountability regulations.

The session is co-sponsored by the International Medical Meeting Professionals Association (IMMPA) and Medical Meetings magazine. Presenters include Pat Schaumann, founder, IMMPA; Karen Catino, MP Global Corporation; Marian Long, American Association of Diabetes Educators; and Susan Parren, Plannernet.

Additional event highlights include a total of seven morning breakout sessions; a keynote luncheon featuring networking expert and author Thom Singer, with lunch courtesy of Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater; an afternoon expo hall showcasing more than 60 geographically-arranged meeting and convention destinations from across the U.S. and as far away as Dominican Republic; and the fourth annual Hosted Buyer program.

The annual one-day conference and expo is the Midwest’s largest event to feature an exhibit hall comprised exclusively of destination marketing organizations and industry associations.



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