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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hawaii Tourism Authority requests proposal for management of the Hawaii Convention Center

HONOLULU - The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state's tourism agency, has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide management of the Hawaii Convention Center (HCC) in Honolulu, Hawaii. The HTA welcomes submittals from qualified organizations that have proven experience in convention, exhibition or other major public assembly management, including collaboration in sales and marketing for the meetings, convention and incentive (MCI) business.

Drawing from U.S. and international markets, Hawaii's MCI business is unique, impacted by geographic location, multi-island make up and the destination's resort-orientation. Within this environment, the HTA seeks to maximize the HCC's economic impact, provide first-class service, understanding of cultural protocol to its customer base, and continually plan for and improve the MCI destination experience.

The HTA will select the offer determined most advantageous to Hawaii's tourism economy, taking into consideration multiple factors including applicant qualifications, experience, sales and marketing approach and price, in accordance with the evaluation criteria set forth in the RFP. The selected organization will support the HTA's "Meet Hawaii" MCI efforts.

The new contract under this RFP will replace the current contract that ends on December 31, 2013. The HTA plans to award the new contract in July 2013, which will run for five years from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2018.

Written proposals are due no later than May 21, 2013 at 4:30 p.m., HAST (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time) and in the manner described in the RFP.

The RFP will be available beginning Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the HTA office (Hawaii Convention Center, first level at 1801 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815), during normal business hours (7:45a.m.-4:30p.m.) or may be downloaded online at www.hawaiitourismauthority.org. The HTA will not accept any mail requests for the RFP.  

Inquiries regarding this RFP should be directed to the HTA procurement officer, Mr. Doug Murdock, either in person at HTA's office, by telephone at (808) 973-2255, or via e-mail at doug@gohta.net.