The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting rotates among APEC's 21 member nations each year, so when it was announced that the U.S. would be the host nation for 2011, Hawaii officials submitted a bid to the U.S. State Department, which sponsors and funds the meeting. (The meeting was last held in the U.S. in 1993, in Seattle.) In its proposal, Hawaiian officials highlighted Oahu's meetings infrastructure, hospitality, climate, and culture, as well as its geographic location between ...

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