June 29, 2005

The 2005 conference of the National Association of Counties, to be held July 15 to 19 in Hawaii, has met with a media whirlwind because of the perceived extravagance of the destination. But according to Kim Struble, director of conferences and meetings for NACo, the cost is not much higher because it's in Hawaii. She said there have been relatively few cancellations due to fears about public spending; those employees who worried about the perception of going to Hawaii on the public dole are paying a portion out of pocket. "Hawaii is a challenging destination for certain organizations, just like Las Vegas or New Orleans," said Struble. "But you can do business in Hawaii."