The Hawaii Convention Center announced that they have met their goal in securing five new conventions due in part from a promotional package designed around the center’s 10th anniversary.
The 10th Anniversary Destination Package — worth $175,000 in promotional and destination programs — was intended to persuade groups and organizations to book the Hawaii Convention Center for future meetings with 2,500 delegates or more. The package was premiered at the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Annual Meeting held in Seattle, Washington, in January of this year. The groups who have confirmed bookings include International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse (September, 2010), American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (April, 2011), Society of American Archeology (April, 2013), Society of Hospital Medicine (April, 2014) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (June, 2017).
The five new bookings represent over $72 million in future statewide spending along with nearly $7 million in tax revenue. The Hawaii Convention Center’s hotel partners will benefit with over 173,000 booked rooms.
The $175,000 in promotional and destination programs include the off-set in rent at the center, pre-event promotions, inclusion of an international attendance building program or any other custom options specifically tailored for the client’s needs.
The PCMA Annual Meeting is the premier event for meetings industry leaders to learn new strategies, discover innovative solutions, and share best practices. The Hawaii Convention Center was joined by the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB), the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA), as well as some of its valued hotel partners. The 30 member team from Hawaii met with over 3,000 meetings industry colleagues for more than 80 cutting-edge education sessions and outstanding networking opportunities.