Have you ever wanted to design a bedroom that looked like a high-end hotel suite? Or have you wanted a pool and patio at home that resembled the VIP area of an expensive resort? Then you would have loved attending last week’s HD (Hospitality Design) Expo held May 15-17 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center
The expo, produced by Hospital Design magazine and organized by Nielsen Expositions, is for designers, architects and anybody else whose job is to design and furnish hotels, residences, restaurants, clubs, outdoor lounges, waiting rooms, etc. Expected attendance was 7000 people visiting more than 900 exhibits. Exhibitors came from Las Vegas as well as from both coasts, Mexico and a number of European countries.
HD Expo is part of what officially is called the “Hospitality Design Expo & Conference 2013”. The three days of the trade show featured a wide variety of products, from furniture, artwork and flooring, to bathroom fixtures, outdoor kitchens and patio umbrellas.
Among the conference session titles were “Healing Properties: Hospitality, Wellness and the Baby Boomer”; “Green Voice Conversations with the Experts: Climate /Change and Coastal Development: What Do Hotels Need to Know?”; “Telling a Hospitality Property’s Story is Not a Fairytale” and a personal favorite, “The History of Bathing.” Site visits were available at the MGM Grand and the Palms Casino Resort.
Cost to attendees for the conference and trade show was $320 online and $350 onsite. Networking events included an opening party at the House of Blues ($90 online or $100 onsite) and Party by the Pool at Caesars Palace ($90 online and $100 onsite).