Senior Manager-Marketing Events; Syncsort Inc.; Woodcliff Lake, N.J.
- Describe your event. President’s Club is an annual event. With the last company I worked with we had over 1,600 attendees experience the Big Island of Hawaii, staying at the Hilton Waikaloa Village. The present company I work for is much smaller, but Hawaii was still the key President’s Club award-winning destination. With this company our group was fortunate enough to experience the Four Seasons Maui. We plan on returning within the next two years.
- Why did you decide to hold the meeting in Hawaii? Though in both cases they had been to Hawaii a number of times, we wanted them to experience a “new” Hawaii, beyond the beaches.
- Did you incorporate any interesting excursions or activities into the agenda? In the case of the larger group, we took them to [Big Island] sights, which most had not experienced. Their experiences included discovering ancient history in the Puako Petroglyph Field, passing through a rainforest and a desert on the way to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, enjoying the rugged beauty of Parker Ranch and touching the sky at Mauna Kea.
- What did your attendees seem to enjoy the most? The natural beauty and unbelievable hospitality of the people of Hawaii were enjoyed most by all who attended.
- Was anybody particularly helpful? All hotels (even those not chosen but who were in the mix for our destination decision), DMCs, Hawaiian Airlines and the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau.
- Do you have any advice for other planners who might bring a meeting to Hawaii? By choosing Hawaii as the destination, you’ll be able to take them on a journey through hidden Hawaii and discover a treasure trove of wonder and adventure.