The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HMSS) convention pulled out of meeting in Chicago for 2010, but will return in 2015 and 2019, according to an announcement by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and convention and tourism officials in a January 10, 2011 press release. The convention pulled the meeting out of Chicago, citing high costs, but will return, which is good news for the tourism industry.
“Everyone knows how important Chicago’s convention industry is to the economy of our city and region. If it isn’t healthy, it costs us jobs, revenue and other economic activity,” Daley said in a news conference held at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. The HIMMS show attracts some 30,000 attendees and generates an estimated $33 million in direct expenditures. It is the industry’s top gathering for healthcare information technology issues.
Chicago has been losing convention business due to high costs of hosting meetings in the city. Last year, after the City had lost several conventions, Daley lead efforts to bring together the Governor, the General Assembly and leaders from organized labor and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau to develop a strategy for attracting and retaining conventions.
As a result, the legislature passed a bill that re-invented Chicago’s tourism and convention efforts by changing work rules that were putting Chicago at a competitive disadvantage.
Daley said the legislation has had a profound and positive impact: More than a dozen shows have signed with Chicago in recent months, including the American Society of Nephrology, Biotechnology Industry Organization, the International Housewares Association, the Association for Manufacturing Technology and the National Restaurant Association.