Isle vendors exhibit wares to buyers from across Asia

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 in Exporting, News, Tokyo International Gift Show

Buyers Across AsiaBy Erika Engle, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Posted: 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 2, 2015

It would be fair to say that many, if not most, Made in Hawaii Festival vendors largely have been cooling their heels since the Statehood Day weekend event at Blaisdell Center, but for some there has been almost no rest.

From the largest craft fair event in Hawaii, companies such as baked-goods maker Haute Confectionery Boutique and travel bags and accessory producer Sky Dreams LLC have been busy replenishing inventory for the now-underway Tokyo International Gift Show.

The event at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center in Japan is a trade show, meaning aside from some media coverage on the first day, the public doesn’t see what goes on.

However, being one of the 55 exhibitors in the Hawaii pavilion is potentially a huge opportunity as the show attracts 200,000 buyers “from all over Asia,” predominantly Japan, said Dennis Ling, administrator of the marketing division of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

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