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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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