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."