HONOLULU – Official trade show of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association (HLTA) and Hawai‘i Restaurant Association (HRA), the second annual Hawai‘i Hotel & Restaurant Show will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, April 15 and 16 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Hawai‘i Convention Center (1801 Kalakaua Avenue). Showcasing the very best from Hawai‘i and beyond, professionals as well as students will experience the latest in lodging, hospitality and food service.

“We are thrilled to feature Shep Gordon as the keynote speaker at our event this coming April,” said Mufi Hannemann, President and CEO of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association. “Shep is famous for having an eye for talent as well as an innate understanding of what people find entertaining. Over the years, he has managed the careers of a diverse clientele – from rocker Alice Cooper to show business icon Groucho Marx, from actress & model Raquel Welch to multiple music stars including Luther Vandross, Kenny Loggins and countless others.”

“Shep is also credited with creating “the celebrity chef” – a movement which revolutionized the food industry and turned culinary arts into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today.” said Tom Jones, Chairman of the Hawai‘i Restaurant Association and President & Co-Owner of REI Food Service, LLC dba Gyotaku Restaurants. His “brand name” clients include legendary chefs Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Nobu, Daniel Boulud and many others.”

“The networking and learning opportunities featured at this year’s Hawai’i Hotel and Restaurant Show wouldn’t be possible without support from our generous sponsors including Sysco, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Y. Hata & Co., Kaiser Permanente and Triple F Distributing,” said Dennis Francis, President and Publisher of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “This event is an all-inclusive resource bringing the best of Hawai’i and the Pacific Rim together. We are pleased that a portion of the show proceeds will again support HLTA and HRA community funds.”

The Hawai‘i Hotel & Restaurant Show is for professionals and students in the lodging, travel, hospitality and food service industries including those employed by hotels, restaurants and related service companies.

Admission is free but attendees must pre-register online and be approved prior to arrival. Convention Center parking rates apply. Trolley shuttle service will also be available between a selection of Waikiki hotels and the convention center.

To learn about sponsorship opportunities or apply for an exhibitor booth, call Star Events at (808) 529-4377 or visit HawaiiHotelAndRestaurantShow.Com for updates and more information.

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