2017 AHA Vendor Showcase & Convention: Statehouse Convention Center


Annual Arkansas Hospitality Vendor Showcase & Convention is scheduled for: September 20-21, 2017

Come join the Arkansas Hospitality Association in Building Bridges in our industry!

* Registration and further details to be released by July 15. Please direct any questions to Kayla Kesterson at kayla@arhospitality.org or call 501-376-2323.

The Arkansas Restaurant Association, the Arkansas Lodging Association and the Arkansas Travel Council join together for the 2017 Arkansas Hospitality Association Vendor Showcase & Convention. Come find everything you need to run your business all year, learn at top-notch educational seminars and enjoy the Hospitality Games featuring the bartending competition, bednastics, and bell-hop challenge.

Join us for one or all of the exciting events planned during the week:

  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Vendor Showcase– September 20-21 at the Statehouse Convention Center
    • Provides opportunity for vendors from across the country to present the latest in food products, equipment, furniture, and other items valuable to hospitality industry leaders.
  • Golf Showcase– September 18 at War Memorial Golf Course
  • Arkansas Culinary Classic & Silent Auction– September 19 at the Statehouse Convention Center
    • Top chefs from around the state compete to prepare their best dishes for attendees to sample
    • Chef Application
  • Gala Reception and Awards Dinner– September 20- Location TBD
    • Evening includes entertainment, drinks and dinner while recognizing industry leaders and the installation of new AHA officers
  • Iron Chef Throw Down-September 20-21- Showroom Floor
    • This competition provides the state’s best chefs the chance to display their amazing culinary techniques and skills against the clock to claim the 2017 Iron Chef Championship!
    • Chef Application
  • STAR Institute (Strategic Training and Retention)– September 20-21- Location TBD
    • Receive industry training and educational hours by attending courses hosted by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center
  • Hospitality Games – September 19-20 Showcase Floor:
    • Star of the Bar: Bartending Competition
    • Maintenance Superstars
    • Brilliant Bell-Hop Challenge
    • Ultimate Bednastics

With so many activities, exhibits, educational seminars, and networking opportunities, it’s no accident that this event ranks among the most popular trade shows in Arkansas year after year.

We hope you will take this opportunity to sponsor, exhibit, or attend the 2017 Arkansas Hospitality Association Vendor Showcase & Convention to help us Build Bridges connecting the southern hospitality of Arkansas to a world filled with opportunity.

Please email questions or completed booth contract to Kayla Kesterson at kayla@arhospitality.org or call 501-376-2323.

Click Here for the 2016 Showcase Video


“I attend the AHA trade show to check out new products, meet new vendors and visit with old.  I love networking to find out how people deal with the same problems I face every day.”


“We’re excited to be participating in this year’s Arkansas Hospitality Association’s Trade Show. Last year was a great experience that gave us an opportunity to display some of our products and services as well as meet new prospective customers. It’s also a great feeling to see many of our existing customers in attendance as they stop by our booth and say how nice it is to see us contributing. We’ve been to other show’s and the attendance for AHA Trade Show is one of the best. It’s also really nice to meet other vendors and open networking opportunities. We look forward to seeing you again and eating lots of tasty dishes the different chefs prepare.”


“Everyone in tourism needs social networking-the AHA Trade Show is where you will find new products, new places to stay and new places to go, not to mention re-connecting with those of us who have been around for a long time!”