HVCB signs
4 more conventions

The center has 29 events
signed and 10 more under
verbal agreement

By Russ Lynch

The Hawaii Convention Center is now formally booked for 29 conventions, plus 10 "verbal definites" awaiting the signing of formal contracts.

The signed conventions begin with a small 400-person trade group in mid-January, five months before the center's grand opening celebration, and the formal bookings run all the way up to November 2010, according to the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau.

The HVCB is also working on more than 95 "tentatives," cases in which there have been discussions with the organizers but deals have yet to be closed, said Sandra Butler-Moreno, HVCB vice president for meetings, conventions and incentive tours.

Since the HVCB's last report, four of the "verbal definites" have been converted to definites.

Other events will take place before the grand opening, Butler-Moreno said. The early small events will be a good workout for the center's new staff, food and beverage operations and facilities, she said. However, they have yet to sign formal contracts, aside from the 400-person Roche Products trade group in January.

The first contracted meeting is the Sons & Daughters of 442nd Veterans, a 2,500-person, two-day meeting in early July of World War II Americans of Japanese ancestry and their family members.

Seven conventions are definite for next year, ranging up to 10,000 persons and 5,000 hotel rooms.

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