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Tourism Industry Panelists Confirmed for the 2013 Hawaii Tourism Conference MCI Session “We Mean Business”

July 30, 2013 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email

The Meetings, Conventions and Incentive (MCI) market is an important segment for Hawaii’s tourism economy, which has brought 276,249 visitors to the Hawaiian Islands through June 2013 (+10.3%).

Growing this lucrative market is one of the HTA’s priorities, which allows us to diversify target segments and enhance distribution of visitors and expenditures throughout the state.

HLearn more about the potential for Hawaii’s MCI market at the 2013 Hawaii Tourism Conference during concurrent session II, “We Mean Business,” on day one. Receive insight from an engaging panel of Hawaii group meeting sellers, senior leadership and respected industry partners, who will discuss MCI updates and trends, our competition, and how they are building Hawaii’s ‘business brand.’

Speakers will include:

  • Mr. Jon Conching, regional vice president of sales and marketing, Hilton Worldwide, Hawaii and select hotels
  • Ms. Lisa DeCambra, director of sales and marketing, The Modern Honolulu
  • Mr. Geoff Donaghy, group director, AEG Convention Centers Worldwide*
  • Ms. Karen Hughes, vice president of Meet Hawaii and travel industry partnerships, Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau
  • Mr. Brian Lynx, vice president of MCI, Hawaii Tourism Authority
  • Mr. John Monahan, president and CEO, Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau
  • Mr. Peter Thoene, director of sales, Mauna Kea Resort, Hawaii Island
  • Ms. Cheryl Williams, regional director of sales and marketing, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Hawaii and French Polynesia

*AEG Facilities will be responsible for the management, operation and marketing of the Hawaii Convention Center from January 2014. AEG Facilities has more than 20 years of experience in the management of convention centers, arenas, stadiums and other facilities, worldwide. With a global network and presence in more than 100 venues on five continents, the Los Angeles-based organization offers an advantage to be able to position the Hawaii Convention Center in some of the HTA’s key MCI markets, including the Asia-Pacific region.

Register now for the conference  to take advantage of early bird rates available through Wednesday, July 31 at $175 per person or $165 per person for groups of five or more for employees of the same company. From Aug. 1 the individual rate will increase to $190 per person and the group rate will be $180 per person. Registration fees include educational sessions, breakfasts, lunch and reception. To register for this event, click here or call (808) 230-7625.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority’s (HTA) annual Hawaii Tourism Conference will be held onAug. 22-23, 2013 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Themed “Defining the Next Chapter,” the conference offers highly-informative sessions to engage and learn from presenters on key topics in today’s ever-evolving travel industry.

The conference agenda can be downloaded here.

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