NEW YORK—Registration is now open for the 2018 Hospitality Design Exposition and Conference (HD Expo), the hospitality design industry’s premier tradeshow. Thousands of designers, architects, purchasing agents, owners, operators, brand executives, and other hospitality design professionals from across the country will come together May 2nd through 4th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to see exceptional products on the show floor, learn from and be inspired by the people and projects moving and shaping the industry today, and networking at the various networking events.
Conference highlights include the show’s signature Owners’ Roundtable that puts attendees face-to-face with hotel owners, operators, and brand executives for intimate rotating table discussions; 30-minute conversations at the Meyer Davis-designed Social Hub at the center of the exhibition hall; and the opening session—this year, a rare dual public appearance from Simon Doonan, writer, critic, and window dresser extraordinaire, and Jonathan Adler, designer, potter, and retail mogul. A keynote conversation will be announced in 2018.
“Each year, we try to bring together the best of the best—from veterans to rising stars—to bring the pages of our magazine to life,” said Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in Chief of Hospitality Design magazine. “And this year is no different. From experiential travel to new hybrid and restaurant concepts, and even a look at what our industry can learn from other design disciplines, we are bringing together an impressive group of tastemakers to discuss top-of-mind trends, lessons learned from standout projects, and doing business in the expanding world of hospitality.”
More Than 850 Manufacturers
The show floor will be packed with more than 850 international manufacturers offering a gallery of inventive furnishings, lighting, fabrics, wallcoverings, flooring, bath fixtures, accessories, artwork, and more—with many of the companies using HD Expo as a platform to debut new products. As a result, each year, the IIDA/HD Product Design Competition and award ceremony honors the most innovative on the show floor.
At HD Expo 2017, nearly 12,000 attendees marked HD Expo’s largest recorded audience to date, with growth expected to continue in 2018. Exhibitor commitments are trending up for 2018, with nearly 700 brands already committed.
“HD Expo will welcome the biggest names as well as the most innovative emerging brands dominating the hospitality design space,” says Liz Somerville, Group Show Director of Emerald Expositions. “The show continues to set the pace of our industry and be the connector between influencers, brands, and designers from across all segments. “In 2018, attendees will discover new pavilions and panel discussions bringing fresh content and new faces to the show floor. This includes brands dedicated to wellness and fitness; two of the fastest growing categories of the industry. HD Expo 2018 is set to once again be an incredible and valuable experience for our industry.”