Hawaii Goes for Groups

The islands stand ready with meeting incentives

By: By Marty Wentzel

Oceanfront meeting room, Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore Oahu. // (c) Turtle Bay Resort

 Oceanfront meeting room, Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore Oahu. // (c) Turtle Bay Resort

While the thought of Hawaii generally conjures up images of fun-in-the-sun pleasures, the islands also want to be known as a great place to do business. Several hotels and facilities currently are making a play for business groups by running booking incentives and promoting new meeting spaces. Here’s a sampling of options for planners to consider in the 50th state.

Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu
Meetings Package:
• Full-day use of a meeting room
• Continental breakfast
• Mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshments
• Deli or hot luncheon buffet
Package price starts at $43 per person; valid for groups of 30 or more; available for events through Dec. 31, 2010

Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk
Movers and Shakers promotion:
• A free three-night stay for planners booking two or more groups by March 31
Group rates for one-bedroom suites start from $239 per night; valid through March 2010
E-mail shantel.burns@embassysuiteswaikiki.com for more information

JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa, West Oahu
Featuring the new Hokulani Ballroom:
• 15,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space
• Retractable walls
• Air conditioning
• New carpeting
• Divisible into five separate breakout spaces

Kahala Resort, Honolulu
Newly renovated Kahala Spa:
• Holds up to 50 people for special functions
• Ten treatment rooms offer spa indulgences for event attendees

Outrigger Reef on the Beach, Waikiki
New conference room and two new oceanfront boardrooms
Fee Free amenity program:
• High-speed Internet access in the guestrooms, lobby and pool area
• Direct-dial local and long-distance phone calls
• Use of the in-room safe
• Access to the on-site fitness center
• Daily newspaper

Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa, Hawaii’s Big Island
Meetings Offer:
• Four percent off charges and DMC services through select partners
• One free room
• One free air ticket for every 25 booked
• Group rates with American Airlines
• 2,500 Starpoints for every 25 room nights
A booking deadline of Dec. 31, 2009 applies for arrivals by June 30, 2010

Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore Oahu
Complete Incentive Plan:
• Oceanfront accommodations
• Meeting space
• Meal benefits
• Group activity
Plan is priced from $290 per person for three nights; valid through Dec. 23, 2010

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, Hawaii’s Big Island
Booking Incentive:
• Book 350 room nights or more and receive 1,000,000 Marriott Reward points
Valid on bookings between Aug. 15 to Dec. 15, 2010