Hawaii Convention Center Provides an Unparalleled Global Experience
From the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting to the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (Pacifichem), Honolulu is a proven destination for bringing together attendees from East and West. Hawaii has also been selected as the destination for the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in 2016.
"Our geographic location is a big factor in luring members from all over the world," said Teri Orton, general manager of Hawaii Convention Center / AEG Facilities. "We are proud to provide an environment that fosters cutting-edge thinking and productivity in Hawaii and at the Hawaii Convention Center."
Convenient "Gathering Place" Location
Meeting planners attest that choosing Hawaii for meetings and conventions has been a great draw and often results in increased attendance by attendees from near and far.
In 2014, the 29th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) brought together nearly 3,000 delegates at the Hawaii Convention Center, many of whom were from the Pacific Rim and European countries.
"We were very excited to hold our annual conference for the first time in Hawaii this year," said David Nershi, executive director of the SIOP. "This location offers a beautiful and culturally enriching backdrop to our annual gathering of workplace psychologists from around the world.
"We are especially pleased to be welcoming a much larger number of guests from the Pacific Rim region this year due to the easier access and shorter flight times than previous conference locations."
Meet Hawaii Advantage
"When it comes to understanding international markets, look no further than Meet Hawaii," said Mary Neister, vice president of Meet Hawaii.
"Our team works closely with meeting planners to simplify a relatively complex destination, build member interest and deliver an exceptional program."
The Meet Hawaii team focuses on connecting with key contacts and targeting audiences in countries throughout the Pacific Rim, building attendance for numerous clients. Central to this effort is Meet Hawaii's Elele Business Ambassadors Program, which enlists the support of community leaders who have ties to professional organizations with national and international meetings.
Meet Hawaii also provides the following services and advantages:
Identifying and working with industry ambassadors to provide support
Creating specialized micro-sites and promotional collateral in a variety of languages
Bringing a nuanced understanding of international business, cultures, protocol and guidelines
Identifying travel-company partners to develop tours and packages for delegates.