The White House announced November 14, 2009 that the 2011 APEC Leaders’ Meeting will take place in Honolulu on November 12 and 13, 2011. Leaders of APEC’s 21 economies are expected to attend. Themes for the meeting will be announced by the White House at a later date.
A statement announcing the APEC meeting said, “The President looks forward to welcoming his fellow APEC economy leaders to the state where he was born and to showcasing Hawaii’s rich cultural heritage and hospitality. As the President mentioned in Singapore last year when he announced that Hawaii would host the APEC Leaders’ Meeting, the United States is a Pacific nation whose economic ties to the Asia-Pacific region are strong, enduring, and critical to the prosperity of the American people.”
Prior to the Leaders’ meeting in November, Big Sky, Montana will hold the Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Trade in on May 23, 2011 and San Francisco will host ministerial meetings in September 2011. The Leaders’ Meeting in Hawaii will be the culmination of APEC 2011 in the United States. Based on historic data, participation is estimated at 20,000 attendees including 2,000+ global media representatives.
The APEC 2011 Hawaii Host Committee was established as a Hawaii non-profit entity of the same name to contract for products and services for the meeting.