4,000 delegates will convene in Honolulu for BMT Tandem Meeting

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Convention Center is preparing to welcome 4,000 investigators, clinicians, laboratory technicians, clinical research professionals, nurses, pharmacists, administrators and allied health professionals as they arrive on Oahu for the BMT Tandem Meetings, Feb. 18-22, 2016.  The BMT Tandem Meetings are the combined annual meetings of the Center for International Blood & Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT). This is the third time the BMT Tandem Meetings will be held in Hawaii, having previously met in 2006 and 2011.  

The conference is expected to generate an estimated $18.8 million in visitor spending and $1.8 million in state tax revenue to benefit Hawaii’s economy.

“It’s a privilege to welcome back to Oahu the BMT Tandem Meetings. The inspiring atmosphere of Hawaii provides for a wonderful exchange of cutting-edge discoveries and new ideas,” said Randy Baldemor, chief operating officer for the Hawaii Tourism Authority. “We wish them a wonderful time in the islands and a week of successful meetings.”

Throughout the week, meeting attendees will benefit from a full scientific program that addresses the timeliest issues in blood and bone marrow transplantation. Attendees will also have the opportunity to collaborate and share research findings, as well as attend discussions addressing the latest discoveries in blood and bone marrow transplant from a variety of perspectives and disciplines.

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Meet Hawaii is a collaboration of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) and Hawaii Convention Center (HCC) to reinforce the brand of the Hawaiian Islands as a world-class destination for business meetings, conventions, and incentive programs. The marketing efforts of the Meet Hawaii team are overseen by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state of Hawaii’s tourism agency. HTA was established in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawaii tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with the state of Hawaii’s economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs. For information about Meet Hawaii and the hosting of meetings, conventions and incentives, please visit MeetHawaii.com. 

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Meet Hawaii
Nathan Kam                                                                  
Anthology Marketing Group                             
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Michelle Hee
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2016 BMT Tandem Meetings
Ken Luurs
American Society for Blood & Marrom Transplantation
(847) 427-0224