HTA selects company to manage Hawaii Convention Center

Hawaii Convention Center

The Hawaii Tourism Authority announced that AEG Facilities will manage the Hawaii Convention Center.

AEG Facilities, one of the world’s leading venue management organizations, will be responsible for the management and operation of the HCC, as well as working collaboratively with the HTA’s “Meet Hawaii” team in marketing the convention center and the Hawaiian Islands as a premier business destination.

AEG Facilities has more than 20 years of experience in the management of convention centers, as well as arenas, stadiums and other facilities.

While the total tax revenue of the HCC has covered the cost of operations over the years, the HTA believes there is opportunity to perform at a more optimal level.

AEG Facilities will be responsible for boosting and optimizing usage of the facility.

The HTA and its board of directors will 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.

The HTA’s current contractor, SMG Hawaii, will manage the HCC through December 2013 with AEG’s contract commencing Jan. 1, 2014.

SMG Hawaii has managed the HCC since its opening in 1998 and currently employs approximately 70 employees.

The HTA is working closely with AEG to retain a majority of the HCC staff.

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