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 services for trade events serving the arts, the environment and the architectural and disability industries.
Now in its 21st year, the Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality & Foodservice Expo was launched in 1995. It is 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, a number of industry seminars are offered, the primary objective of the Expo is to bring industry professionals together with corresponding industry vendors to create an effective and efficient marketplace on the exhibition hall floor.
4,732 buyers attended in 2013. They represented the purchasing needs of Hawaii architects, attractions, 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 over $10 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 and foodservice establishments. Honolulu, the Hawaii state capital and metropolitan center, has a population of more than one million. Strategically located in the mid-Pacific between Asia and the continental United States, the Hawaiian Islands are visited annually by over 8 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 & floor care products, frozen foods, furniture, glass-ware, gourmet foods, hardware, ice-cream, irons, key cards, lamps, linens, locks, meats, menus, office supplies, paper goods, produce, promotional items, robes, rugs, safes, scales, seafood, 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, broad-cast cable & satellite services, catering, cleaning, communications, computer systems, construction materials, data-processing, electrical, energy management, entertainment, environmental, financial, food-preparation, graphics, grounds-keeping, house-keeping, insurance, internet, landscaping, laundry, lighting, maintenance, material handling, painting, parking, physical fitness, plumbing, point-of-sales systems, printing, property management, recreation, recycling, refrigeration, remodeling, safety, sanitation, security, shipping, storage, technology, transportation, visual display, waste management & disposal, window tinting, website design and more…
All qualified Hawaii industry buyers receive Expo invitations and badges. Full-color ads are placed in all relevant trade media circulated in Hawaii. Exhibitors also receive unlimited full-color invitations to mail or email to their customers. Invitations to attend the Expo free are mailed to over 18,000 industry professionals in Hawaii. Targeted attendee groups receive special notices about seminars and reminder invitations by multiple email blasts. The EXPO PREVIEW, a full-color tabloid-size newsletter, which includes the list of current exhibitors, their products and booth locations, is also mailed to the entire invitation database. Finally, all buyers receive 6 contest entry forms to win high valued prizes at strategic locations throughout the exhibit halls. These coupons accompany their personalized free admission badges which are mailed directly to each registrant two weeks prior to the Expo.
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 between Waikiki Beach, the heart of Hawaii’s tourist industry only two miles away, and Honolulu’s modern downtown business and capital districts which are within walking distance.
Standard pipe & draped exhibit booths 10’ deep by 10’ wide are $1,575 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. All corner booth locations are an additional $175 each. The attendee list is made available free to all exhibitors after the Expo.
Exhibit hours are 10 am to 5 pm on Wed. July 8th and 10 am to 5 pm on Thurs. July 9th, 2014. Exhibitors may install their displays from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Tues. July 9th and from 7:30 am to 9:30 am on Wed. July 10th. Move-out begins at 5:20 pm on Thurs. July 10th and must be completed by 10:00 am on July 11th.
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 808-261-3400 (Oahu).