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AEG Facilities Selected to Manage Hawaii Convention Center
The HTA recently announced the selection of a new contractor to manage the Hawaii Convention Center (HCC). AEG Facilities (AEG) will manage and operate the HCC as of January 2014 through December 2018. As part of the HTA’s “Meet Hawaii” meetings, conventions and incentive (MCI) team, AEG will be responsible for boosting and optimizing usage of the HCC, by increasing bookings and drawing international visitors to the facility to help grow the MCI market and further position the Hawaiian Islands as a premier business destination.
AEG has more than 20 years of experience in the management of convention centers, arenas, stadiums and other facilities and have a presence in more than 100 venues on five continents. The Los Angeles-based organization offers a network of elite worldwide convention centers, all of which have a similar look and feel to Hawaii’s convention center.
“This announcement represents the rebirth of the convention center for a new era in Hawaii,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the HTA. “AEG’s presence across the globe provides an opportunity to immediately position Hawaii in some of our key MCI markets, especially in our targeted Asia-Pacific Region.”
The HTA and its board of directors will also continue efforts to study enhanced uses for the convention center, including the development of a center for Hawaiian music and dance that will strive to honor and perpetuate Hawaii’s unique host culture, while creating an attraction to draw visitors and residents to the facility.
SMG Hawaii will continue to manage the HCC through its current contract which expires on Dec.31, 2013.
“We want to extend a sincere mahalo to SMG Hawaii, who has helped to build the HCC into what it is today. Over the past 15 years SMG has secured numerous conventions, drawing thousands of attendees from around the world. They also played an essential role in the success of the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Week held in the Hawaiian Islands,” added McCartney.
SMG Hawaii currently employs approximately 70 employees. The HTA is working closely with AEG in their efforts to retain a majority of the HCC staff, as well as ensure a smooth transition when their new contract takes effect.