Known as the “Heart of Hawaii,” the island of Oahu is undergoing a host new developments, many of which are attractive to incentive travel planners. The famous International Market Place is undergoing a $300 million transformation into a new high-end retail, dining and entertainment center, scheduled for grand opening in 2016.
The 1,230-room Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach & Spa recently announced plans to embark on a $100 million renovation to overhaul all of the guest rooms and meeting space, due for completion in 2016. Work is scheduled to take place in phases without interrupting guests.
New since last November, the Farmers Market at the Pualeilani Atrium Shops on the ground floor of the Hyatt takes place on Thursdays. Surrounded by over 60 shops and boutiques, the market sells fresh local fruits and baked goods, which the hotel chefs frequent. So it’s a fun way for attendees to hang out with the locals and meet the hotel chefs.
“It is really important to us that we provide organic alternatives for our guests and the public,” says Executive Chef Sven Ullrich. “We believe in using these products in our restaurants and now we are taking them to our guests and shoppers. This provides them with foods that are healthy and fresh, as well as Hawaiian.”
Over on the famous North Shore surfer’s paradise, Turtle Bay Resort just launched its North Shore Guides Club. The collection of local surf guides, many of them ex-professional surfers, offer group lessons in surfing and stand-up paddleboarding.
They also provide cool local insight about the North Shore and life in general on Oahu. So even if your group isn’t meeting at Turtle Bay, you can still organize a day trip to hang 10 with these guys. Definitely a bucket list experience for some of your group.