The Hawai`i Convention Center welcomes back the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) this week, which last held its annual conference in Hawai`i in 2003.
Nearly 15,000 people are expected to attend the AAO’s 112th Annual Session at the Center from May 4-8, 2012. It is the Center’s largest meeting of the year, including post-conference educational meetings on Oahu, Maui, and Kauai.
This premier gathering of orthodontists is expected to draw 850 international attendees representing more than 65 countries, topping international turnout at last year’s annual conference in Chicago. More than 400 participants are expected from Pacific Rim countries including China, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, and Taiwan.
The conference is expected to generate more than $68 million in state revenue, with the Center’s hotel partners benefiting from 116,600 room nights.
“It is a pleasure to host our Annual Session in Hawai`i – the Aloha Spirit, facilities and services, and natural beauty are unbeatable,” said Michael Rogers, DDS, AAO president. “This year’s meeting will feature a robust lineup of educational events spanning three islands, as well as a special schedule that allows plenty of time for our members to experience the wonderful activities that Hawai`i has to offer.”
AAO members will also have the opportunity to visit state-of-the-art displays by more than 300 companies offering orthodontic products and services at the Annual Session Exhibit Hall. In addition, members will have a chance to give back to Hawai`i communities via a “Virtual Food Bank,” where they can donate to the Hawai`i Food Bank through a computer kiosk at the Center.
Read an interview with Dr. Lili Horton, local arrangements chair of the AAO planning committee.
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Founded in 1900, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization. It represents more than 17,000 members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. Visit www.aaomembers.org or www.MyLifeMySmile.org for more information.