Hawai`i Convention Center Attracts National Buzz as APEC Host

Hawai`i: A Place for Serious Business Meetings. Photo: apec.org

The Center capped off 2011 as one of the hosts for the 19th APEC Leaders’ Meeting, which drew an estimated 20,000 visitors to the state for the largest-ever gathering of its kind in Hawai`i, and the first APEC in the U.S. since 1993. During APEC, the state showcased four pillars of importance to Hawai`i: meetings and conventions; ocean, earth and sky; health and life sciences; and renewable energy. As the President said during an APEC address, “On the business side, this is where the action is going to be.”

And the President wasn’t the only one buzzing about the meeting. Here are some highlights from coverage around Hawai`i and the nation:


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