2018 AHA Vendor Showcase & Convention: Statehouse Convention Center

Annual Arkansas Hospitality Vendor Showcase & Convention is scheduled for September 19, 2018 


Deadline to register and to receive a pre-printed badge is Wednesday, September 12, 2018. 

The Arkansas Restaurant Association, the Arkansas Lodging Association and the Arkansas Travel Council join together for the 2018 Arkansas Hospitality Association Vendor Showcase & Convention. Come find everything you need to run your business all year, and enjoy the Hospitality Games featuring the bartending competition, bednastics, and maintenance challenge.

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

  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Golf Showcase– Monday, September 17 at War Memorial Golf Course
  • Arkansas Culinary Classic & Silent Auction: THE Foodie Event– September 18 at the Statehouse Convention Center
    • Chef Application coming soon!
  • Vendor Showcase– REGISTER TO ATTEND HERE
    • Wednesday, September 19 at the Statehouse Convention Center- Ribbon Cutting @9:45 AM, Show open 10AM-4PM
    • 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.
      • Iron Chef Throw Down-September 19- Showcase 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 2018 Iron Chef Championship!
          • Chef Application coming soon!
      • Hospitality Games – September 19 Showcase Floor:
        • Star of the Bar: Bartending Competition
        • Maintenance Superstars – registration form: 2018 Maintenance
        • Ultimate Bednastics – registration form: 2018 bednastics
  • Stars of the Industry Awards Dinner– Wednesday, September 19 @ 6:00 PM- Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Little Rock
      •  Come celebrate the Stars of the Industry with us over dinner and recognize the hardest workers and true stars of the hospitality industry.
  • Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism 2019 Marketing Plan– Thursday, September 20 at 8:30 AM in the Wally Allen Ballroom

With so many activities, exhibits, 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 2018 Arkansas Hospitality Association Vendor Showcase & Convention to help us showcase the stars of the hospitality industry in Arkansas!

Please direct any questions or completed documentation to:

Kayla Kesterson at kayla@arhospitality.org or call 501-376-2323.


“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!”