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Portland selected to host sports medicine and science conference

    Portland has been selected to host the 2012 annual conference of the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine & Science (JCSMS), Travel Portland and the Oregon Sports Authority announced today.  The annual gathering of representatives from more than 40 of the most prestigious sports medicine organizations in the U.S. and Canada will take place at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in February 2012.

    “It’s fantastic that Portland has been chosen to host this meeting,” said Jeff Miller, president and CEO of Travel Portland. “Historically, cities that host the conference tend to see a ripple effect in terms of booking future conventions for many of the organizations that participate in the Joint Conference.”

    JCSMS member organizations vary in size from small, specialized groups to large well-known associations such as the U.S. Olympic Committee, American Academy of Family Physicians and the NCAA.  The JCSMS meets annually to discuss current issues and concerns in sports medicine and science.  Each organization is represented by its designated volunteer leader, typically the president or high-ranking official, and its chief staff officer.  Typically between 60-70 delegates attend.

    “We’re delighted to have earned the privilege to host such an influential group from the field of sports medicine and science,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority.

    Prior JCSMS meeting hosts have generated significant residual tourism benefits by organizing the conference as a familiarization trip, featuring facility tours and visits to local attractions.  Similarly, Travel Portland and the Oregon Sports Authority will showcase Portland as a potential meeting destination to key decision makers from more than 40 national and international sports medicine and science associations, representing hundreds of thousands of physicians and medical trainers and well over 150 meetings a year.  Such familiarization trips have proven to be one of the most effective selling tools for bringing convention business to Portland.


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