Hawai'i's credentials as a serious business meetings destination were validated by the successful hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting in November 2011, which was attended by President Barack Obama and heads-of-state, finance ministers, CEOs, and nearly 20,000 delegates from 21 nations. Kurt Tong, then-U.S. Ambassador for APEC, praised Hawai'i's performance in a Honolulu Star-Advertiser story, saying, "Hawai'i gets an A-plus. It's a shared home run for Hawai'i and for the United States."The overall cost to meet in Hawai'i often has a better cost-to-value ratio than other top-tier cities in North America. The cost of lodging and food is often lower than in many places on the continental United States. Airlift from cities throughout North America and Asia is plentiful and airfares are competitively priced.
Governor Abercrombie Refutes 'Boondoggle' Perception Of Business Meetings In Hawai'i
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