Next year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Honolulu will take place Nov. 12 and 13, the White House announced.

President Obama, who will be among the 21 world leaders in attendance, "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," according to a White House statement.

"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," the statement said.

Hawaii tourism officials see next year's APEC forum, which will be the organization's first summit in the U.S. since 1993, as an important tool in selling the state as a legitimate business destination. They hope the event, to be held at the Hawaii Convention Center, will help increase conference and meetings bookings to the state both before and after its completion.

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