HVCB Hosting Successful Meetings Magazine on MauiSeptember 26, 2012, 8:26 AM HST · Updated September 26, 9:16 AM 0 Comments
By Sonia Isotov
Starting yesterday, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau is hosting 36 meeting planners from around the country at a three-day conference at the Hyatt Regency Maui in Lahaina.
The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) partnered with Successful Meetings magazine in creating the agenda for the “Destination Hawaii” conference, September 25-27.
Following the Maui conference most of the planners will take part in three days of site tours on the island of their choice. HVCB’s Island Chapter Bureaus representing Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island develop the itineraries for September 28-30.
“We are pleased to host meeting planners from around the country to showcase our world-class facilities on Maui and the other Hawaiian islands, and the aloha spirit of our people,” said Mike McCartney, president and chief executive officer of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), in a written statement.
“The HTA, together with the HVCB, remain committed to promoting Hawaii as a global meetings destination through conferences like “Destination Hawaii” and we look forward to capitalizing on this opportunity to grow our meetings, conventions and incentives program.”
The meeting planners will attend site inspections of Maui resorts and meeting facilities, take part in education sessions, and conduct one-on-one meetings with representatives of resorts statewide to discuss opportunities for bringing new business to the Hawaiian Islands.
The visiting planners come from all regions of the nation and represent a wide range of corporations, associations, incentive houses, and events for groups wanting to schedule business programs.
All of the planners have indicated that one or more of the Hawaiian islands are being considered for future business opportunities, adding to the value of the Maui conference and the individual meetings with local suppliers.
With a circulation of 50,000, Successful Meetings magazine is one of the meetings industry’s most prominent and highly read publications.