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Destination Hawaii

Paradise Awaits! The leading hosted-buyer event for qualified meetings and incentive professionals looking to do business in Hawaii will meet with Hawaii's top hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues for three highly productive days in the beautiful island of Maui, November 5–7, 2019.


Destination Hawaii—Northstar's destination-specific hosted-buyer event—brings together the most highly-qualified meeting and incentive buyers with top destinations, hotels/resorts, cruise lines, DMCs, DMOs and tourism offices from the islands of Hawaii. Attendees participate in one-on-one pre-scheduled appointments, gain industry insights from our guest speakers and network with this exclusive group, all while enjoying the exotic island of Maui. This unique event is hosted by Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands—Successful MeetingsMeetings & Conventions, and Incentive magazine.



Learn from, and be inspired by, our guest speakers who will provide targeted education specific to your needs as a meeting and incentive planner.



Connect with premier suppliers from across the Hawaiian Islands during pre-scheduled one-on-one business appointments and unique experiential activities.



All qualified buyers will be fully hosted by Northstar Meetings Group, including airfare, accommodation, meals and planned activities.

Michael Dominguez

Michael Dominguez

President and CEO, Associated Luxury Hotels International

Michael Dominguez, president and CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels International, has been in the hotel industry for more than 30 years, joining AHLI in July 2019 after working as the chief sales officer for MGM Resorts, and several years with Hyatt and Starwood, among others. He is actively involved in leadership roles in the meetings industry and has served in a number of related association roles, such as chairman of Meeting Professionals International's board of directors, co-chair of the Meetings Means Business Coalition and on the American Society of Association Executives' board of directors. Among his accolades are awards such as HispanicBusiness.com’s "50 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S.," Successful Meetings' Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry 2013 - 2016, MPI’s Industry Leadership Award 2015 and the Las Vegas Hotel Association’s 2016 Industry Leadership Award.

Tuesday, November 5

2:00pm 5:00pm
5:30pm 6:00pm
Site Tour (planners only)
6:00pm 8:00pm
Welcome Reception

sponsored by the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa

Wednesday, November 6

7:30am 8:15am

sponsored by Meet Hawaii

8:15am 9:15am

The Future of Meetings: From Economics and Tech to Toking
Presented by

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Michael Dominguez, President and CEO at Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

From the disruptive technological forces constantly changing the way we work and play to news out of Washington, D.C., that impacts the meetings business, it is important to understand what we will all wrestle with over the next decade. Michael Dominguez, president and CEO at Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), takes the current outlook, economic concerns and forecasts to paint a clear picture of what's ahead. He will touch on issues such as automation, business transformation, customization, the cannabis industry, machine learning and biometrics to assess how they will impact the hotel industry and a meeting's dynamics in 2019 and beyond. Along the way, he’ll help you identify ways to optimize your ability to maneuver through this quickly changing environment.    
Learner Objectives:

  • Understand the need to move fast in a changing organizational structure
  • Take a look at the impact of global political and economic forecasts
  • Review industry forecasts for the U.S. and global sectors
  • Understand new competition and disruptive forces that will affect us all
  • Understand behavior changes in the audiences of the future
  • Review the latest technology changes and their expected impact on the meetings industry
9:30am 10:45am
One-on-One Appointments
10:45am 11:00am
11:00am 12:15pm
One-on-One Appointments
12:30pm 2:00pm
Lunch & Site Tour of Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Leisure Time
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Cocktails & Site Tour of Fairmont Kea Lani
6:45pm – 8:45pm
Dinner & Site Tour of Grand Wailea

Thursday, November 7

8:00am 9:00am
Breakfast & Cultural Presentation

sponsored by Maui VCB

9:15am 10:45am
One-on-One Appointments

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10:45am – 11:00am
11:00am – 12:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Lunch & Site Tour of The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
2:30pm – 5:30pm
Leisure time or explore Lahaina Town
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Farewell Dinner

sponsored by the Westin Maui Resort & Spa




Those who are selected to attend will participate in:

  • Two productive days of pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings with suppliers from the Islands of Hawaii
  • Insightful educational presentations from inspiring speakers
  • Great meals, receptions, and numerous networking opportunities with other elite buyers
  • Unique experiential activities showcasing Scottsdale as a premier meetings and incentive destination

To learn more why past buyers say this event is the best networking and education experience in the incentive industry, please contact Cindy Binder at [email protected].


Maui Pre-Fam 
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Kauai Pre-Fam 
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Big Island Pre-Fam 
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Oahu Pre-Fam 
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RSVP for a Pre Fam during the registration process or for more information, please contact Cindy Binder at [email protected].



"Destination Hawaii was an outstanding event. We were able to meet with the best hoteliers and other key supplies from Hawaii and discuss specific meeting dates and needs."

- Third Party Planner

"Great experience and very educational for my first time in Maui and will be unforgettable."

- Incentive Planner

"Overall an outstanding experience. Having spent 10 days in Hawaii was truly a memorable experience and one I will be sharing with my clients. A big "mahalo" for everything you find to make it such a success."

- Independent Meeting Planner



Enterprise Package


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  • One-on-one pre-schedule appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • All networking events and activities


Individual Package


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  • One-on-one pre-schedule appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • Full-page ad package
  • All networking events and activities


  • Table at event
  • One-on-one pre-schedule appointments with heavily vetted buyers
  • Half-page ad package
  • All networking events and activities

Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

For exhibitor package rates and premium sponsorship opportunities, please contact your business development director or: Sharon Freeark at [email protected].

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Discover Hawaii's Natural Beauty From Our Hotel In Maui

Located on 23 lush oceanfront acres at legendary Pu‘u Keka‘a on Ka‘anapali Beach, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa invites travelers to experience adventure, romance and family fun on the island of Maui. Relax at the resort’s 142-yard lagoon style pool, taste fresh island cuisine, learn indigenous Hawaiian cultural activities and play at the white sandy beach. Eighty-three percent of the resort’s 508 rooms and suites feature breathtaking views of the Pacific, and sister islands Lanai and Molokai. At sunset, the resort showcases its iconic cliff dive ceremony, a tradition since the resort first opened in 1963. Make lasting memories as you unwind during sunset, snorkel with tropical fish and honu (green sea turtles), learn ukulele with family or rejuvenate at The Spa at Black Rock. 

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
2605 Kaanapali Parkway
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761

Hotel Website


Buyers: We will make your reservations for you.

Suppliers: You will receive information as the event approaches to book your accommodations.


Advisory Notice Regarding Outside Solicitations

Please be advised that numerous companies have been emailing and calling our attendees attempting to book them into hotels for Northstar events.

Here are the companies and their representatives that we have been made aware of:

  • CBS International
  • Corporate Booking Services 
  • EHRS 
  • Exhibition Housing Services 
  • Global Housing Corporation 
  • World Wide Travel 

Be advised that these companies and individuals have no relationship with our events. Our attendees are encouraged to disregard any communication received from these companies or any others that are not affiliated with Northstar Meetings Group.



Buyers Contact:

Cindy Binder

Director of Buyer Development

[email protected]

Suppliers Contact:

Sharon Freeark

Business Development Director

[email protected]

Event Logistics Contact:

Andrea Hennings

Meeting Planner - Consultant

[email protected]