Meeting, Events, & Travel Planning Guide
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Adam Nainoa Glickstein, Group Sales Manager for Sea Life Park
Sea Life Park
With a new owner in 2008, recent remodeling in the last two years and the addition of a new position for group sales, Sea Life Park has added a new initiative and is moving in a new direction to attract more group events, including business-related events and activities. “We have seen a big increase in company picnics, baby luaus, birthday parties, holiday parties beginning last summer,” says Adam Nainoa Glickstein, newly hired manager of group sales. He anticipates even more to come from businesses, as the economy continues to recover and increased competition will drive demand for company events for clients as well as employees.
For companies looking for a unique outdoor setting for a special event, employee appreciation or anniversary celebration, Glickstein believes Sea Life Park’s 25,000 square-foot meadow overlooking Rabbit Island, the Makapuu Lighthouse and the picturesque East Oahu coastline provides a “private, rural feel while still on Oahu and the opportunity for guests to roam among our exhibits of dolphins, turtles, monk seals, penguins and beautiful aquariums.”
“We are able to provide companies with turn-key packages that are inclusive, including tents, tables, chairs, sound system, group photos, full beverage and in-house catering, as well as on-site coordination on the day of the event,” says Glickstein. Sea Life Park can accommodate groups ranging from 20 to 2,000 and can offer both preset packages and customized events. The group sales staff can also assist with collateral materials, ranging from email templates to event posters. “‘We plan, you play’ is our motto,” he adds.
Sea Life Park’s truly memorable offering is the interactive sea animal experiences, including encounters with dolphins and sea lions, such as its unique swim with the dolphins program at special group rates. Also available are private shows, behind-the-scene dolphin tours, and special small group backstage visits – provided to President Obama and his family in December – to the dolphin training pools.
Glickstein says he’s gotten inquiries for company retreat packages, team-building games and challenges, and indoor business meeting functions during the day, followed by outdoor evening party events that can include families. “More family inclusion in company events to boost morale and facilitate bonding among colleagues will mean more companies seeking family-friendly locations that provide entertainment and interactive options,” he says is what’s coming.
An official announcement is scheduled for May on Sea Life Park’s plans for an exciting new aquatic exhibit, the first new addition in nearly 30 years, for both the visitor and local markets.
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