HONOLULU, HI – Meet Hawaii, a collaboration of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), HTA’s Global Marketing Team and the Hawaii Convention Center (HCC) focused on securing single property and citywide group business for the Hawaiian Islands under one unified brand, has expanded its sales and marketing efforts globally to 11 key international regions.
In addition to its presence in the United States, members of Meet Hawaii’s global meeting, conventions and incentives (MCI) sales team are now present in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany, enabling meeting planners to communicate with a Hawaii expert in their respective region.
“The reach of the MCI market continues to expand internationally and remains very competitive, so HTA expanded the responsibilities of its global marketing partners to reinforce the brand of the Hawaiian Islands as a world-class destination for business meetings, incentives, conventions and events in their respective markets,” said Pris Texeira, Managing Director of HTA Global MCI and Meet Hawaii. “Part of Meet Hawaii’s mission is to inform groups and planners around the world that they can successfully do business anywhere in the Hawaiian Islands and they will receive all the support needed to create a rewarding program that satisfies their objectives. Having boots on the ground in each market makes our team more effective in conveying that message.”
The HCC has been called one of the most beautiful meeting spaces in the country, with an open-air design that brings the outdoors inside and allows meeting participants to experience a true Hawaiian sense of place. Hawaii’s premier meetings facility, it is also the largest in the Hawaiian Islands with 1.1 million sq. ft. of total meeting space that can accommodate events hosting more than 13,000 attendees. The Center offers 47 meeting rooms, a 200,000-sq.-ft. exhibit hall, two tiered-seating theaters, a 35,000-sq.-ft. ballroom and a registration lobby of the same size. Topping it all off is a 2.5-acre landscaped rooftop events terrace ideal for outdoor banquets and receptions.
There are more than 30,000 hotel rooms on Oahu in a wide range of categories and offering a variety of amenities at all price points. The vast majority of those rooms are within a 1.5-mile radius from the Center and easily accessible by walking through scenic Waikiki.