Clause guaranteeing one conference better hotel rates than any another results in loss of 38,000-delegate event.
Chicago has lost one of its largest conferences because of an agreement to give delegates of another event preferential hotel rates.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) had committed to holding its annual conference and exhibition in the city in 2015 and again in 2019, but has now pulled out of the 2019 date. HIMSS, which attracts more than 38,000 healthcare IT professionals to its annual show, told Choose Chicago - the city's tourism and convention agency - that a room rate clause of a larger convention was at issue.
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