Canada East Chapter

December 26 2012

WEST: Hawaii Convention Center

Ali Gramaglia

Aloha Spirit prevails

Last year, Hawaii’s signature Aloha Spirit received widespread international attention as President Obama hosted 20 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and nearly 20,000 important business and governmental figures from the region, at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu for the APEC 2011 Summit. The success of the gathering is a timely reminder that Hawaii provides an ideal setting for serious meetings of all kinds.

Thousands of high-profile visitors - including key policy makers, economists, and heads of state - traveled from around the Pacific Rim, representing countries such as the United States, Japan, China, South Korea, Australia, and Canada. Together, APEC member economies make up 55 percent of global GDP, purchase 58 percent of U.S. goods exports, and comprise a market of 2.7 billion consumers. With a geographic location of shared convenience between the U.S. mainland and Pacific Rim countries, Hawaii is an ideal place for an international meeting of political, cultural, and business significance.

Hawaii has long been a melting pot of cultures, values, languages, and cuisines. Now, it is also home to leaders in fields such as aquaculture, astronomy, biotechnology, agribusiness, space exploration, oceanography, and genetic research - frequently breaking news on the science front. Hawaii is also the only place in the world where the Aloha Spirit prevails, making guests from around the globe feel welcome, whether they are conducting business in award-winning facilities and accommodations, taking in the breathtaking scenery, or enjoying one of the state’s many leisure activities.

Hawaii consistently receives top accolades as a convention site, and the Hawaii Convention Center is among the highest-rated major convention centers in Metropoll add-on studies. The Hawaii Convention Center’s top priority is to help Hawaii’s guests achieve their business goals through tailored programs and versatile facilities. The SMG-managed center is well versed in the nuances of conducting business on an international level, as well as boosting global attendance at meetings. High-value strategies include the creation of custom-designed collateral and microsites in multiple languages, as well as outreach to travel partners to create tailored convention packages. The result is an effortless information-sharing and application process for international constituents.

For more information: hawaiiconvention.com

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