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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Hawaiian Islands have long been viewed as an ideal “flop and drop” holiday destination for Australian travellers, charmed by the Aloha State’s relaxed persona to unwind and recharge their batteries in paradise.But more than a holiday hotspot, the picture-perfect destination is an evolving mecca for the high-end incentives and corporate groups, offering an extensive collection of opportunities for conferences and events, many of which are unique to Hawaii.Where else in the world can a delegation hold a networking function beneath rugged mountain ranges made famous by the Hollywood blockbuster, Jurassic Park, and dozens of other movies and TV shows? Or hold a cocktail reception on the very same deck of the retired battleship USS Missouri, where the Empire of Japan formalised the end of World War II? Or host gala function on the grounds of the only royal palace on United States’ soil, Iolani Palace?Hawai’i Tourism Oceania‘s Country Manager for Australia, Giselle Radulovic, said the destination offers much more to the MICE market than people may expect at first glance.“While beaches and beautiful landscapes remain top-of-mind when thinking of Hawaii, there’s so much more for delegates to experience. You can tap into Hawaii’s multicultural history and traditions to build a unique conference program – from surfing lessons to learning traditional hula, or having a Poke cooking challenge.”Radulovic says that access is another big plus: “Flights to Hawaii are overnight and under 10 hours. You arrive the following morning, ready to begin your program, without losing a day on travelling. Plus, Hawaiian Airlines has great connections from Honolulu to the other neighbour islands; it’s a short 30-40 minute flight.”On the luxury front, the island of Oahu itself has come of age in recent years, as new hotels – such as the Four Seasons at Ko Olina and The Ritz-Carlton in Waikiki – offer conference organisers fresh products and new ideas for organised events and meetings.10 reasons to choose HawaiiHere are 10 list-topping reasons why Hawaii should lead the list for professional event organisers’ next conference or incentive program.Productive atmosphereAloha’s ambiance: Survey data confirms that attendees leave Hawaii feeling refreshed, invigorated and completely at ease. It’s a setting that fosters the flow of ideas, inspires ingenuity and innovation, and nurtures stronger working relationships and better teamwork.AccommodationWhen it comes to hospitality, Hawaii’s world-class hotels and resorts set the bar for hookipa (hospitality). You’ll find more than 50,000 combined overnight rooms throughout Hawaii’s six major islands — Oahu, Maui, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Lanai and Molokai — at every price point and in every style.International accessibilityFor global gatherings, Hawaii is in a prime location. There are direct flights to Hawaii from Australia, Asia-Pacific and North America, and Hawaii’s multilingual, multicultural population makes people from all around the world feel welcome.Experiential offeringsWhere else can attendees become paniolo (cowboys), hula dancers, volcano explorers or surfing legends for the day? The opportunities for one-of-a-kind team-building opportunities and memorable off-site events are endless.Natural wondersBeyond simply “beautiful,” Hawaii suggests that Mother Nature does play favourites. The islands’ lush landscapes and sublime scenic vistas make Hawaii a consistently compelling draw for attendees.Hawaii Convention CenterThe Hawaii Convention Center is situated in the heart of Honolulu, walking distance from hotels and distinctly reflects the culture and character of the islands.Partner programsHistory, culture, shopping, dining, attractions, sports and recreation, and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world – Hawaii has it all, and in abundance.Industry sector developmentHawaii’s key industry sectors offer a wealth of enrichment opportunities in ocean sciences, health and wellness, international trade, agriculture, renewable energy and more.Expert assistanceOffering a free service to meeting planners, the team at Hawai’i Tourism Oceania has the connections and expertise to help organisers develop unique itineraries, partner programs and maximise delegate attendance.Sun and surfIt almost goes without saying, but it’s mandatory to mention the near-perfect weather, averaging 25° Celsius year-round and perfect for attendees to enjoy Hawaii’s beautiful beaches as time allows. Whatever your event, there’s never a bad time to book Hawaii.Email Kritsada Phadungkiatipong for more information on kphadung@hawaiitourism.com.au.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img

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