After an extensive search, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the state’s tourism agency, announced the selection of AEG Facilities (a subsidiary of the Anschutz Company) to manage the Hawaii Convention Center. AEG Facilities 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 business destination.
“This announcement represents the rebirth of the convention center for a new era in Hawaii,” Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the HTA, said in a statement. “Our three priorities are to focus on further strengthening our ‘Meet Hawaii’ sales and marketing strategies, realigning HCC’s operations and management to elevate the facility’s global presence, and enhancing and expanding the function, use and service beyond a traditional convention center.”
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. Just a few days ago, Anschutz Entertainment Group was picked to manage the Los Angeles Convention Center.