March 7-10, 2017
HONOLULU – For the sixth consecutive year, the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) is promoting Hawaii-made products through a special Hawaii Pavilion at the autumn 2017 Tokyo International Gift Show (TIGS).
During Sept. 6-8, 2017, at the Tokyo Big Sight venue, the Hawaii Pavilion will be home base for up to 70 Hawaii companies seeking to export locally made gift products. TIGS is the largest international trade show in Japan with more than 4,100 exhibitors showcasing personal gifts, consumer goods and decorative accessories. Show organizers anticipate more than 200,000 buyers, wholesalers and distributors to attend the three-day trade show.
“The Tokyo International Gift Show provides the opportunity to showcase Hawaii’s unique products to an international audience,” said DBEDT Director Luis P. Salaveria. “This helps us grow our trade sector and add value to the Hawaii brand, which is recognized around the world, especially in Japan.”
At last year’s Tokyo International Gift Show, 62 Hawaii companies reported projected sales of more than $15 million.
A sampling of Hawaii-made products showcased at last year’s gift show included:
Funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Grant, the Hawaii Pavilion at TIGS is part of a series of initiatives DBEDT has undertaken to increase the export of Hawaii’s products.
Export-ready Hawaii companies interested in participating in the 2017 Tokyo International Gift Show should email email@example.com to receive an exhibitor’s packet or apply online by completing the Hawaii Pavilions Application.
Deadline to submit application forms is Friday April 7, 2017.
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