FIABCI-USA hosted the Asia Pacific Real Estate Congress (APREC) in Honolulu, HI, from September 10-12 to examine key issues for the real estate profession and the planet including the need to focus new real estate development around active transportation hubs. High level international delegates from twelve Pacific Rim countries explored the theme “Success across the Pacific – New Development Concepts” and heard compelling information from urban planning and sustainable luxury resort development experts from Australia, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and the US.

“I was very impressed by the level of transit experts FIABCI was able to bring to Honolulu and want to thank FIABCI for their contribution to our discussions on rail projects around the region”, noted Harrison Rue, TOD Administration for the City and County of Honolulu after the Asia Pacific Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Summit sponsored by Pacific Resource Partnership and Allied Builders System. “I am sure that the interactions between the FIABCI members and experts and the City officials will lead to success for our TOD projects.” The TOD Summit also included insights from Shigeru Yokoo, Senior Expert of Urban Planning, Nikken Sekkei, Ltd., Japan; Dono Boestami, President Director, Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Jakarta, Indonesia; and Dr. Lan Yuan Lim representing the Tanjong Pagar Centre by Guocoland Group, Singapore.

Delegates also heard the very latest numbers on the volumes of inbound and outbound investment in the region from Stephen G. Williams, FRICS, Executive Managing Director, Real Capital Analytics in the Key Note speech sponsored by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Throughout the Congress architects, attorneys and developers enlightened the attendees with innovative and successful design concepts during expert panels sponsored by D.R. Horton Home Builders and Alain Pinel Realtors of San Francisco.

Social highlights include a Welcome Reception sponsored by the Honolulu Board of Realtors, the FIABCI-USA Grand Prix of Real Estate Awards dinner sponsored by The Wall Street Journal, a networking lunch sponsored by Hard Rock Hotels, the Signature International Reception co-hosted with the Hawaii International Real Estate Council and the Aloha Dinner sponsored by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.