Hawaii to Host APEC Summit in 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, is served tea during his bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore at Istana in Singapore, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009.
AP Photo/Vincent Thian
President Barack Obama is steering some tourism trade and international attention to his native Hawaii in a couple of years.

The President said Sunday he will host the 2011 version of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Hawaii. Obama announced his plans at the current APEC meeting being held in Singapore.

Obama told representatives of APEC's 21 member nations that he looks forward to seeing them in flowered shirts and grass skirts.

APEC's members include Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia and Vietnam.