HONOLULU, Hawaii – Hawaii’s meetings industry is ready to show the world what makes the Hawaiian Islands such a premier destination for meetings and conventions with the hosting of the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting (APEC), November 7-13.
APEC is the most important business meetings convention in Hawaii’s history. President Barack Obama will be joined in Honolulu by 20 other heads of state from Pacific Rim nations to address issues of economic growth, trade, and investment. Up to 20,000 international delegates are expected in Honolulu for APEC to do business, including finance ministers, diplomats, policy-makers, and top CEOs. Honolulu is APEC’s first U.S. host site since 1993.
APEC’s impact is global, as its 21-member economies account for 40% of the world population, 54% of the world gross domestic product, and 44% of world trade.
Hawaii’s meetings industry has been undergoing extensive preparations for APEC, including property improvements, special training, and accommodating the requirements of various government agencies involved with the hosting of so many leaders and dignitaries at the same time.
Hawaii offers state-of-the-art meeting facilities and world-class accommodations staffed by highly experienced tourism professionals who are the standard-bearers when it comes to hospitality and service. Add in Hawaii’s cultural diversity, the warmth of its Aloha Spirit, and the islands’ spectacular natural beauty, and groups conduct business in a rejuvenating meeting environment offered nowhere else in the world.
A focal point for the business of APEC will be the Hawaii Convention Center, considered the crown jewel of Hawaii’s meetings industry facilities. Located at the entrance to Waikiki, the beautifully designed, five-star Hawaii Convention Center will host ministerial and business meetings during APEC week, and will also house the media center for the estimated 2,000 journalists coming from around the world.
“Hawaii is uniquely positioned to serve as a location of shared convenience between North America and Asia, putting us at the crossroads of culture, geography and business,” said Joe Davis, SMG general manager of the Hawaii Convention Center. “Our diversity, industry leadership, world-class facilities, and our genuine Aloha Spirit make Hawaii an unbeatable place to meet across multiple disciplines.”
For more information about APEC 2011 Hawaii, visit www.apec2011Hawaii.com.