American Association of Orthodontists 112th-Annual Session to Draw 14,500 Attendees | Business
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) will hold its 112th Annual Session at the Hawai‘i Convention Center from May 4-8, 2012. It is the Center’s largest meeting of the year with 14,500 attendees, including post-conference educational meetings on Oahu, Maui and Kauai. The AAO last held its annual conference in Hawai‘i in 2003.
This premier gathering of orthodontists is expected to draw 850 international attendees representing more than 65 countries, topping international turnout at last year’s annual conference in Chicago. More than 400 participants are expected from Pacific Rim countries, including China, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, and Taiwan. The conference is expected to generate more than $68 million in state revenue, with the Center’s hotel partners benefiting from 116,600 room nights.
“It is a pleasure to host our Annual Session in Hawai‘i – the Aloha Spirit, facilities and services, and natural beauty are unbeatable,” said Michael Rogers, DDS, AAO president. “This year’s meeting will feature a robust lineup of educational events spanning three islands, as well as a special schedule that allows plenty of time for our members to experience the wonderful activities that Hawai‘i has to offer.”
The conference will feature more than 160 lectures from world-class experts, who will address research and clinical topics related to today’s top orthodontic treatment trends, dilemmas, technologies and scientific advances. Sessions will examine a variety of subjects, such as innovative strides being made in orthodontic technology and the promotion of orthodontists as uniquely qualified specialists and lifelong partners in overall body health and beauty.
“It is wonderful to welcome the American Association of Orthodontists back to the Hawai‘i Convention Center for the second time in less than 10 years,” said Joe Davis, SMG general manager of the Hawai‘i Convention Center. “This meeting showcases the strength of Hawai‘i as an ideal location for major international and medical gatherings, as well as events that have a direct impact on the neighbor islands.”
AAO members will also have the opportunity to visit state-of-the-art displays by more than 300 companies offering orthodontic products and services at the Annual Session Exhibit Hall. In addition, members will have a chance to give back to Hawai‘i communities via a “Virtual Food Bank,” where they can donate to the Hawai‘i Food Bank through a computer kiosk at the Center.
“The HTA is extremely pleased to welcome back the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), which has chosen to return to Hawai‘i and the Hawai‘i Convention Center for its 112th Annual Session,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. “The Annual Session and post-conference educational meetings on O'ahu, Maui and Kaua'i will give attendees and their families more opportunities to experience the beauty of our islands, rich Hawaiian culture and aloha spirit of our people. Conferences such as the AAO generate invaluable worldwide exposure for Hawai‘i, and the additional events on various islands further distribute the benefits of these important meetings throughout the state."
Founded in 1900, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization. It represents more than 17,000 members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. Approximately 95 percent of all practicing orthodontists in the U.S. are members of the AAO. Visit www.aaomembers.org or www.MyLifeMySmile.org for more information.