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Hawai‘i Companies Wanted for Tokyo International Gift Show

March 21, 2018, 9:37 AM HST (Updated March 21, 2018, 9:37 AM)
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Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight). PC: Wikimedia Commons

The Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) is looking for companies to showcase their Hawai‘i-made products at the autumn 2018 Tokyo International Gift Show (TIGS). The event will be held from Sept. 4 to 7, 2018, at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight).

This will be the seventh consecutive year that DBEDT is organizing the Hawai‘i Pavilion at TIGS, which is the largest international trade show in Japan. The event draws more than 200,000 buyers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers to meet exhibitors at more than 4,500 booths spread out over the exhibition area.

“We are excited about the opportunity to showcase unique Hawaii-made products at this event,” said DBEDT Director Luis P. Salaveria. “As we continue our efforts to grow our local economy, TIGS allows us the venue to expand distribution in the global marketplace.

Hawai‘i companies that participated in last year’s show collectively saw more than $13 million in export sales.

“Hawai‘i’s pavilion is a featured location that buyers look for every year, since we’ve been participating,” said Dennis Ling, administrator of DBEDT’s Business Development and Support Division. “Distributors, retailers, and importers realize the Hawaii brand is established for its quality and uniqueness in the Japan market.”

The Hawaii Pavilion at TIGS is funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), and is part of a series of initiatives DBEDT is promoting to increase the export of Hawai‘i’s products.

For more details, go online.

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Export-ready Hawai‘i companies interested in participating must register online by Friday, April 6 at:

TIGS page
TIGS application

About BDSD

The Business Development & Support Division (BDSD) of DBEDT promotes industry development and economic diversification by supporting existing and emerging industries in Hawai‘i and by attracting new investment and businesses to the state.

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