Hawai`i’s Economy Benefiting From Annual Convention of American Psychological Association

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American Psychological Association’s Exhibition

Starting today, one of Hawai`i’s largest meetings this year gets underway with the 121st American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention, July 31 – August 4.

APA’s 2013 Annual Convention has brought 8,000 attendees to Hawai`i from throughout the world, representing all areas of specialization in psychology, from research, practice, education, and policy.

The APA Convention is a boon for Hawai`i’s economy this week, generating an estimated $37.8 million in visitor spending, $3.7 million in state tax revenue, and 64,320 booked room nights.  In addition, many attendees have brought family members along with them and are extending their stay in the islands, furthering the economic impact to Hawai`i’s visitor industry.  This marks the second time the Hawai`i Convention Center has hosted APA for its annual meeting, with the previous one taking place in 2004.

APA has a full convention schedule in place, with participants able to choose from more than 800 presentations, seminars, and continuing education sessions, as well as 80 networking events during the five-day conference.

The APA is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.  It’s the world’s largest association of psychologists, with more than 134,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students in its membership.  APA’s mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.

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