Douglas Trade Shows was established in Hawaii in 1983. It is Hawaii’s largest trade show management company and produces four statewide gift, jewelry, apparel and fashion accessory trade shows as well as the Hawaii Buildings, Facilities & Property Management Expo. Douglas Trade Shows also provides management consultation service for trade events which have included the arts, the environment, architecture and the disability industries.
Now in its 22nd year, the Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality & Foodservice Expo was launched in 1995 as the Hawaii Hotel & Restaurant Expo. It is now the largest trade exposition in the State and the only event providing access for industry buyers to a full range of products and services for the State’s most important economic sectors. Although, industry seminars are offered, the objective of the Expo is to bring industry professionals together with suppliers to create an effective marketplace for both on the exhibit hall floor.
4,414 registrants attended in 2015. They represented the purchasing needs of Hawaii architects, attrac- tions, caterers, colleges, concessions, convenience stores, country clubs, government agencies, health clubs, hospitals, hotels, interior designers, military housing & foodservice, nightclubs, property managers, restaurants, retirement homes, supermarkets, shopping malls, timeshare residencies and schools. Admission is free.
Valued at $16 billion annually, the Hawaii hospitality market is served by 70,000 hotel rooms and resort condominium rental and time share units and 3,000 restaurants & foodservice establishments. Honolulu, the Hawaii state capital and metropolitan center, has a population of nearly one million. Strategically located in the mid-Pacific between Asia and the continental United States, the Hawaiian Islands are visited annually by nearly eight million tourists from all over the world.
Products exhibited include: amenities, appliances, alarms, art, bakery goods, bathroom fixtures, beds, beers, buses, candies, carpeting, carts, china, cleaning supplies, clocks, coffees, cooking utensils, crystal, cutlery, desserts, disposable containers, draperies, flooring and floorcare products, frozen foods, furniture, glassware, gourmet foods, hardware, ice-cream, irons, key cards, lamps, linens, locks, meats, menus, office supplies, paper goods, produce, promotional items, robes, rugs, safes, scales, seafoods, security systems, signs, snacks, soft drinks, spirits, swimming pool supplies, tabletop items, tableware, teas, telephones, televisions, towels, umbrellas & shade products, uniforms, vending machines, wallpaper, wines and more…
Equipment & services exhibited include: accounting, air-conditioning & purity, audio/video, beverage dispensers, broadcast cable & satellite services, catering, cleaning, computer systems, construction materials, data storage, design, electrical, energy management, entertainment, environmental, financial, food-preparation, graphics, groundskeeping, housekeeping, insurance, internet & wifi, landscaping, laundry, lighting, maintenance, painting, parking, physical fitness, plumbing, point-of-sales systems, printing, property management, recreation, recycling, refrigeration, renovations & repairs, safety, sanitation, security, shipping, storage, telecommunications, transportation, visual displays, waste management & disposal, window tinting, website design and more…
All qualified Hawaii industry buyers receive multiple Expo notices and invitations by regular postal mail and email. Free personalized and printed admission badges are mailed FIRST CLASS to all invitees. Full-color ads are placed in all the relevant trade publications circulated in Hawaii. The EXPO PREVIEW, a full-color, tabloid-sized newsletter, is mailed to all qualified buyers four weeks before the Expo. It includes the list of current exhibitors, their products and their floorplan booth location numbers. All buyers receive 6 contest entry forms to win valuable prizes at strategic locations on the Expo floor. Exhibitors also receive invitations to send or email to their customers. Upon arrival, buyers receive the OFFICIAL BUYERS GUIDE DIRECTORY. This publication includes a full listing of each exhibitor’s contact information and a short description of their products and services.
The Neal S. Blaisdell Center is a “right-to-work” municipal facility owned and operated by the City & County of Honolulu. There is plenty of on-site and adjacent parking. The exhibitors are permitted to do their own display move-in, set-up and removal. The Blaisdell Center is conveniently located just two miles from Waikiki Beach, the heart of Hawaii’s tourist industry. Honolulu’s modern downtown business, civic center and capitol district are within walking distance.
Standard pipe & drape exhibit booths 10’ deep x 10’ wide are $1,545 plus 4.712% tax and include one skirted display table, 2 side chairs, a wastebasket, a 7” x 44” booth ID sign, a listing in the Buyer’s Guide given to attendees, a listing and link on the Expo website and 4 exhibitor ID badges. 8’ deep by 10’ wide booth spaces are also available for $1,395 plus 4.712% tax. Corner booth locations are an additional $175 each. The attendee list is made available free to all exhibitors after the Expo.
Exhibit hours are 10am to 5pm on Wed. July 13th and 10am to 5pm Thurs. July 14th. Exhibitors may install their displays from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Tues. July 12th and from 7:30 am to 9:30 am on Wed. July 13th. Move-out begins at 5:30 pm on Thur. July 14th and must be completed by 10:00 am July 15th.
Airlines and hotels are not designated by Expo Management. Exhibitors should call their travel agents, go online or, for housing referrals, call Douglas Trade Shows at 888-376-1516 or 261-3400.