A new and exotic destination gets everyone excited. However, what are the challenges that come with planning your event there for the first time. Where do you draw the line between the allure of an exotic destination and the security of a familiar one? 

Learner Outcomes:

  • Recognize key stakeholder considerations to destination selection
  • Evaluate and mitigate risks at your destination and activities

Clock Hours: 0.75
Domain: Domain B: Project Management
Session Type: Concurrent Session

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Erica Seo





Lee Conching



Lee Conching is responsible for the oversight and management of all day to day operations of the sales department of the Hawai‘i Convention Center (HCC). He works closely with the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Global Meeting, Convention and Incentives team and convention center staff to identify and secure citywide conventions and tradeshows for Hawai‘i’s largest meetings facility.

Conching’s hospitality career spans more than 30 years most recently serving as the Center’s director of sales since 2004 supporting sales efforts for citywide conventions and was responsible for maintaining productive relationships with clients in North America. In that role, his duties also included client services support and strengthening relationships with industry stakeholders where he exceeded all annual sales goals during this time in that position.

Prior to HCC, he served as director of marketing at Bishop Museum from 2002-2003, marketing manager at Hilton Hawaiian Village from 1998 to 2002, and director of sales at Kapalua Bay Hotel from 1994-1996.

Conching is an active member of the American Society of Associate Executives (ASAE), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). He is a graduate of Kapiolani Community College and St. Louis High School.

Eve Wagner


November 7 @ 14:00
14:00 — 14:45 (45′)

The Parisian Macao Studio 2

Erica Seo, Eve Wagner, Lee Conching