Meet Hawai`i Team Attends PCMA Convening Leaders in Orlando

kioskThe Meet Hawai`i team attended the PCMA Convening Leaders Annual Meeting in Orlando, Jan. 13-16, 2013.  This three-day meeting was a great way to learn the latest trends in the meetings industry, network with fellow meeting professionals, and come away with some inspiring and innovative new ideas.

As a strategic partner, the Hawai`i Convention Center had a kiosk in the PCMA Epicenter.  Pictured here is Kealoha Chang, Regional Director of Accounts, manning the booth and ready to answer questions!  Each visitor to the kiosk received these chocolates made in Hawai`i by Ricard Chocolat in island-inspired flavors like Hawaiian Chili Pepper and Passion Fruit.


Hawai`i Takes Center Stage

Hawai`i was once again up in lights in New York City’s Times Square at a New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE) event earlier this month.

The Hawai`i Convention Center and its Hawai`i-based industry partners participated for the second consecutive year in NYSAE’s MeetNY client/customer showcase, where qualified executives and planners were invited to attend. The Center was featured prominently during exclusive events, with the logo emblazoned on the Hard Rock Cafe marquee together with NYSAE’s logo, providing invaluable exposure in the heart of New York City.

HCC’s partnership with NYSAE puts Hawai`i in the forefront of the New York metropolitan and tri-state area, which is the third-largest association market in the United States and a key market for Hawai`i as a destination.

Pictured, from left to right:

  • Joel Dolci, President & CEO, New York Society of Association Executives
  • Laurie Ihara, Director of Group Sales, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Waikiki
  • Lee Conching, Associate Director of Sales, Hawai`i Convention Center
  • Robin Ide, Director of Sales, Turtle Bay Resort
  • (back row) Brian Reaver, Regional Director of Accounts, Northeast, Hawai`i Convention Center
  • Anna Stankey, Director, Association Sales, Fairmont Orchid
  • Claire Rosensweig, Chairman of NYSAE, President & CEO, Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York
  • Kathy Dolci, Executive Vice President & COO, Dolci Management Services
  • (back row) Robert Korin, Eastern Region Senior Sales Manager, Hilton Waikoloa Village
  • Epooni Perkins, Director of Sales, Hilton Hawaiian Village

HCC Staff Attend ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo

asae_logoAugust was the month for the annual convention and trade show of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) – one of the signature events for the Hawai`i Convention Center (HCC).

This year’s Annual Meeting was held in Los Angeles, CA on August 21-24 and attracted more than 3,000 meeting professionals. Hawai`i travel industry partners joined the HCC for joint activities in the Hawai`i Pavilion trade show booth to help promote Hawai`i as a perfect meetings and conventions destination.

The HCC partnered with Hawaiian Airlines to host a pre-ASAE familiarization trip for select east coast association meeting planners. Association planners from the following groups attended:

  • United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology;
  • American Mathematical Society;
  • American Association of Molecular Pathology;
  • Club Managers Association of America.

Together, these organizations represent over 100,000 room nights should they choose Hawai`i for their future meetings!

The HCC also hosted a joint client event partnering with the Toronto Convention and Visitors Bureau at Lucky Strike Lanes in the new L.A. Live District of Los Angeles. More than 100 clients participated in the event. The trade show and client event generated interest which could lead to over 10 city-wide conventions and possibly 20 single property conferences.