2021 Marketplace Vendor Info

Introduction

A Marketplace will be held as part of 147th Imperial Session of Shriners International  in Houston, Texas, from Sunday, July 4 through Thursday, July 8, 2021. This Marketplace provides an opportunity for vendors to display their wares and interact with thousands of Shriners, their Ladies and families. The Marketplace will also be open to the public.

Location

The Marketplace will be set up in Exhibit Hall A of the George R. Brown Convention Center located at 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, Texas 77010.  Accessible from the entrance adjacent to the Saltgrass Steakhouse.

Exhibitor Booths

Exhibitor booths are configured as 10’ x 10’ spaces with:

  • Individual drape dividers;
  • One (1) eight (8) foot table with skirt;
  • Two (2) chairs;
  • One (1) company/organization identification sign; and
  • An alphabetical listing and location within the 147th Imperial Shrine Session Program book. The Program Book Committee will contact you with additional advertising opportunities.
  • 110 Volt AC electrical outlet

Other amenities will be the responsibility of the exhibitor. Additional electrical service shall be at the Fraternal organization’s expense by prior arrangement with the Shriners International Session of 2021, Inc. through the Show Contractor.
All exhibits shall conform to the assigned booth space and shall not restrict visual or physical access to adjacent Exhibitors or infringe upon adjacent access aisle ways.
For 2021, several new strategies have been developed to enhance Shriner and visitor participation in the Marketplace area, which will include activities to ensure maximum exposure to all displays, regardless of location.

Fees, Discounts and Payment

Fraternal Organization Vendor Fees and Payment Information

Vendor Fees and Payment Information (non-fraternal)

Reserving Exhibitor Booth Space

The Exhibitor area is very popular and sells out quickly each year.  The location can accommodate up to 288 booths. Refer to the Exhibitor Hall Layout at the bottom of this page for booth selection(s).   Exhibitor booth applications are available through the links under “Fees, Discounts and Payment.”  We ask that Exhibitors complete the Application Form, selecting the number of requested booths in each of two areas in order of preference, and email or mail the completed application to the contact information provided on the form.  The Application shall be accompanied by a check or completed Credit Card Authorization Form (Page 6 of the application) for the binder fee to reserve each booth.

Exhibitor booths will be reserved in the order that applications and binder fee have been received by date and time.  Applications received on the same date and time will be processed by descending value of the entire rental.  Reserved booths will be made available to other Exhibitors if they are not paid in full by the cutoff date.

Cutoff Date

The exhibit booth application and final payment must be received by Monday, February 1, 2021.  Exhibitors on the waiting list are considered for booths after this date.

Hours of Operation

Below is the tentative schedule for the Marketplace.  This schedule contains the dates and times for Exhibitor registration, Exhibitor setup, and Exhibitor teardown.  The schedule also contains the dates and times the Exhibit Hall will be open to Shriners and the public.

Late departures will be at the Exhibitors expense as determined by the Show Contractor.

2021 Tentative Marketplace Schedule


Friday, 7/2/21

Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Exhibitor Set-up 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, 7/3/21
Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Exhibitor Set-up 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, 7/4/21
Marketplace/The Shriners Zone Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday, 7/5/21
Marketplace/The Shriners Zone Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, 7/6/21
Marketplace/The Shriners Zone Open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 7/7/21
Marketplace/The Shriners Zone Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday, 7/8/21
Marketplace/The Shriners Zone Open 9 a.m. – Noon
Teardown 1 – 5 p.m.

Lodging

Exhibitors are responsible for their own Hotel accommodations.  The 2021 Housing Committee will make themselves available to assist the Exhibitors if requested to do so after the Exhibitor has completed their Exhibitor Booth Application and submitted the form along with the deposit.  At that time the Exhibitor may email housing21@imperialsession.com to make a request for assistance.

Parking

Secured parking is available, adjacent to the vendor loading docks, for one vehicle with a trailer or one 18 wheeler tractor trailer at no additional cost to the vendor.