Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2019-03-11T06:18:08+00:00
I am an international visitor, how do I get to the convention center / hotels from airport?2019-06-28T02:34:41+00:00

The Mupperum Vizha hospitality team will be stationed at O’Hare International Airport (ORD) – Terminal 5 at Arrival Gate. If you arrive at a different terminal, please use airport transit (free) to reach terminal 5. The hospitality team volunteers will assist you with boarding the pre-paid taxi or shuttle to the convention center or hotel.

The International Package 1 ($1050) through 3 ($550) registrants will get a free commute. The International Package 4 ($225) registrants have to pay $30 (approx.)

What is the approx. schedule of events?2019-03-17T14:52:54+00:00
  • Cultural Programs organized by FeTNA & CTS: July 4 & 5 – 9 AM to 11 PM
  • International Conference Seminar on Tamil Studies: July 6 & 7 – 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Global Tamil Entrepreneurs Meet (GTEN): July 6 – 8 AM to 5 PM
  • “Sagangalin Sangamam” Parade: July 6 – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Celebration Dinner (Banquet): July 6 – 7  PM to 11 PM
Who can attend celebration dinner (Banquet)?2019-03-17T14:58:07+00:00

Celebration Dinner (Banquet) is on July 6 – 7  PM to 11 PM. It is open for all

  1. Corporate Sponsors
  2. Individual Donors
  3. International Visitors Package
  4. Combo Offer
  5. 10th World Tamil Conference (ICSTS) tickets

Note: General admission tickets to the convention does not cover the Celebration Dinner (Banquet).

Who can attend Sangangalin Sangamam (Parade)?2019-03-17T15:02:19+00:00

Sagangalin Sangamam” Parade will be held on July 6 – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. It is open for registrants under any category viz. donor, a la carte, combo and international packages.

Is there a tour of Chicago or USA arranged as part of the conference?2019-03-17T15:05:10+00:00

Sorry, there is no  tour arranged by the the organizers. However, registrants may reach out directly to our preferred travel partner:

Madura Travel Service (P) Ltd
25-3, Gandhi Irwin Road, Egmore,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Mobile: +91 9092949494 / +91 9841691234
Landline: +91 44 28192002

What are my options for Hotel Accommodation?2019-06-28T02:27:24+00:00

Donors: If you are a donor and eligible for hotel in your donor category, the registration team will book the hotel on your behalf.
Non-Donors: If you are registering as a non-donor, you have two options

1. you may add hotel as part of the registration and we will book the hotel on your behalf.

2. you may directly book with one of the the following hotels using the below links. We have negotiated a discounted price for the convention attendees.

Hyatt Hotel

Hyatt Regency
1800 East Golf Road Schaumburg, Illinois 60173

Marriott Hotels

Courtyard by Marriott
1311 American Lane, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Marriott’s Residence Inn
1610 McConnor Parkway, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Springhill Suites
1550 Mcconnor Pkwy, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Note: Renaissance Hotels has been fully booked based on sponsorship level and first come – first serve basis.

Is transportation provided between the Hotel(s) and the program venue?2019-02-24T05:22:03+00:00

Yes, frequent shuttles will be arranged from hotels listed on our website

Can I make changes to the registration details already made viz. adding/deleting participants, changing registration category, changing food selection etc.2019-02-24T05:23:28+00:00

Any updates to the registration must be requested via e-mail to One of the registration team members will reach out to you within 3 days to assist you.

What is the refund policy?2019-02-24T05:23:55+00:00

50% of the registration fees (donor, admission, food and hotel) will be refunded if cancelled before 60 days of the event date. No refunds will be made after that. We appreciate your understanding.

I am an international visitor and how do I get a visa invitation letter?2019-03-01T05:00:27+00:00

Please register here for the convention and the visa invitation letter will be sent to your email ID within 3 to 5 business days.

If I don’t get the visa, will my registration fee be refunded?2019-03-01T04:59:35+00:00

The registration fee will NOT be refunded. It is recommended to get the Package – 4 ($200) if you do not have US Visa. On obtaining the US visa, you may consider upgrading to a higher package with accommodation.

I am living in Canada / US on a temporary work visa, am I considered an International Visitor?2019-03-01T00:38:18+00:00

No. The International Visitor package is available only for visitors outside of North America (US and Canada)

Is there a preferred international travel agency to assist with travel and visa needs?2019-03-01T05:08:59+00:00

Yes, please contact

Madura Travel Service (P) Ltd
25-3, Gandhi Irwin Road, Egmore,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Mobile: +91 9092949494 / +91 9841691234
Landline: +91 44 28192002