Meeting, Events, & Travel Planning Guide
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Dan Bower, general manager, The Plaza Club
The Plaza Club
“We are seeing some real positives in meeting and event activity, while continuing to be mindful that the economic recovery is still in the early stages and businesses still face hard decisions on return for every dollar spent,” says Dan Bower, general manager of The Plaza Club located at the top of Pioneer Plaza in downtown Honolulu.
With value still top-of-the-mind in running their companies for The Plaza Club’s business community members, Bower would like to see members realize greater return on the value of their membership. “We are Hawaii’s premier business and social club for that convenient walk-to business breakfast or lunch and private business meeting,” says Bower. “We also want people to know that The Plaza Club is so much more and able to offer a wide range of services and space to accommodate a variety of important business and social engagements.”
Completing a $1.8 million renovation in 2010, The Plaza Club can offer private event planning; full breakfast, lunch and dinner accommodations under the direction of an executive chef; a business center and custom multi-media/audio visual capabilities, including global teleconferencing, wireless Internet and worldwide Skype, among other professional event accommodations, according to Bower. Its widely attended six annual cooking classes, hosted by its executive chef, are a popular business and social mix for members, says Bower.
The Plaza Club’s Island Society offers an exclusive value-added program to full members to take advantage of an island-wide network of special privileges and benefits. They include health and wellness packages, sports tickets, entertainment venues, and golf networks through reciprocal partnerships with several Oahu courses, says Bower.
With seating capacity able to accommodate groups from 10 to 300 persons, The Plaza Club is also open to non-members and the general public for social events, ranging from class reunions, wedding receptions and graduation parties to holiday and anniversary parties. It is the venue for a downtown Jazz Night event open to the public.
“People think of us as a 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. facility, but members are coming after work for our Pau Hana hours for informal business and social networking while waiting for the traffic to die down,” says Bower.
“We are definitely seeing increased traffic from business people from Japan and China coming to the islands. Our private club setting and downtown location offer foreign business travelers a different professional experience from Waikiki,” he adds.
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