President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will arrive in Honolulu, HI to attend APEC. The arrival and departure of Air Force One in Honolulu is open to the press, and closed to the public.
Members of the media who wish to cover the arrival of Air Force One must have APEC media credentials. The APEC credentialing deadline has passed.
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is the premier economic forum in the Asia-Pacific region. Established in 1989 and comprising 21 member economies from around the Pacific Rim, including the United States, APEC fosters growth and prosperity by facilitating economic cooperation and expanding trade and investment throughout the region. APEC economies account for 54 percent of global GDP, 44 percent of world trade, and 61 percent of U.S. goods exports. In 1993, President Clinton invited fellow APEC Leaders to meet on Blake Island near Seattle, elevating APEC from ministerial to head-of-government level for the first time. Hosting responsibilities have rotated among APEC economies over the succeeding 18 years, with Japan welcoming President Obama and other APEC Leaders to Yokohama in November 2010.
As host of APEC 2011, the United States aims to create opportunities for prosperity and job creation by expanding trade and investment, cultivating small and medium-sized businesses, and fostering an environment that allows innovation to flourish. President Obama chose his birthplace of Honolulu as the site for the APEC 2011 Leaders’ Meeting to highlight America’s position as a Pacific nation. The APEC 2011 Leaders’ Reception and Dinner on Saturday, November 12, 2011, will take place in Honolulu at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki. On Sunday, November 13, APEC Leaders will meet at the J.W. Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina. The Hawaii Convention Center will play host to Ministerial and Senior Officials’ meetings, as well as house the international press file center.