by Michaela Christensen | September 18, 2015
Destination Hawaii, an annual hosted-buyer event put on by M&C and sister magazine Successful Meetings, ended today at the Westin Maui Resort and Spa in Lahaina, Hawaii, on the island of Maui. While the event was under way, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a watch for Hawaii, saying a tsunami might have been generated by the 8.3-magnitude earthquake that rocked the north coast of Chile Wednesday night. Thursday morning, the tsunami watch, downgraded to an advisory, was canceled for Hawaii, and the program was able to continue as scheduled.
The meeting was held Sept. 15-18 and brought together 37 planners and 43 suppliers for one-on-one appointments, site inspections and two educational sessions. Michael Dominguez, senior vice president of corporate hotel sales for MGM Resorts International, provided a riveting session on industry trends and urged planners to embrace change and "disrupt or be disrupted." Jonathan Howe, president and senior partner of Howe & Hutton, Ltd., educated planners on hotel and convention center contracts.

Planners completed site inspections of the Hyatt Regency Maui, the Fairmont Kea Lani, the Wailea Beach Marriott, Sheraton Maui Resort, and the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Guests enjoyed Hawaiian music, food and culture. Attendees also completed a CSR activity creating stuffed bears for the pediatrics department of the Maui Memorial Medical Center. For more information on this and other Northstar Meetings Group events, go here.