2018 AHA Vendor Showcase & Convention

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 – Statehouse Convention Center

The Arkansas Restaurant Association, the Arkansas Lodging Association, and the Arkansas Travel Council join together for the 2018 Arkansas Hospitality Association Vendor Showcase & Convention.

PRE-REGISTRATION HAS ENDED FOR THIS EVENT

EVENT SCHEDULE  |  SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES  |  EXHIBITOR INFO

 

3 DAYS ~~ 4 EXCITING EVENTS!

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

#1  Golf Showcase

Monday, September 17  Date changed to Monday, October 8 | Location:  War Memorial Golf Course

#2  Arkansas Culinary Classic & Silent Auction

Tuesday, September 18 | Location:  Statehouse Convention Center – THE Foodie Event of the year!

#3  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.

#4  Vendor Showcase

Wednesday, September 19 |  Location: Statehouse Convention Center
Ribbon Cutting @9:45 AM,  Show open 10AM-4PM

REGISTER TO ATTEND Vendor Showcase ON SITE

At this premier hospitality event, come find everything you need to run your business all year.  Bring your team to network, have fun, and compete for prizes in the Hospitality Games.

Hospitality games at the AHA Vendor Showcase 2017

This fun-filled showcase includes: 

Exhibition Hall  – Vendors from across the country present the latest in food products, equipment, furniture and other other items to serve the hospitality industry.

Iron Chef Throw Down  – 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!

Hospitality Games  – Star of the Bar (bartending competition), Ultimate Bednastics (bed making competition), Maintenance Superstars Challenge  and more…

[2018 Iron Chef Application]

[2018 Maintenance Challenge Registration]

[2018 Bednastics Registration]

Register by Wednesday, September 12th to receive your  pre-printed name badge.

 

Relive last year’s excitement or get a glimpse of what you missed.

 

But WAIT, there’s more…
Thursday, September 20th @ 8:30 AM  – Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, CJRW and Miles Partnership
 present the new Arkansas.com website and provide tutorials for industry tourism partners. Bring your device for “hands on ” instruction and interaction with staff on site.   Location: Fulton Room

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 questions or completed documentation to:

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

Testimonials

“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.”
-JIM SHAMBURGER, BEST WESTERN WINNERS CIRCLE INN

“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.”
-JOHN RISTAINO, AMERIPRIDE

“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!”
-RENEE ROBISON, GRAND PRAIRIE CENTER