Prior to APEC, Hawaii Prince Hotel Begins Renovation

In advance of a major multinational meeting, the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club in Honolulu has commenced a $5 million room renovation, it announced last week.

Approximately 15,000 government leaders from the 21 countries that make up the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) — a group that's dedicated to promoting free trade and economic cooperation throughout the Pacific Rim, encompassing member countries such as Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Russia and the United States, among others — will meet in Honolulu on Nov. 12 and 13, 2011, for the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting. Under the tutelage of President Barack Obama, it will be the first time the United States has hosted the APEC meeting since 1993.

"We are reenergizing and refreshing the guest rooms in a stylish island décor that complements the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Ala Wai Yacht Harbor," said Donn Takahashi, president of Prince Resorts Hawaii. "The entire project has been timed to place the hotel at its very best to host a full house of government leaders and senior officials during the APEC meetings in November."

One of approximately 16 official host hotels, the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki will serve as home to the Japan delegation, members of which will enjoy guest rooms newly updated with flat-screen televisions, as well as new bedding, carpeting, artwork and lighting.

In addition, the hotel plans to redesign the waterfall at its front entrance to make it more environmentally friendly and update two of its restaurants with new carpeting and upholstery.

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