I have been attending trade shows in Las Vegas for many years now, and I am a repeat visitor to some. One of my favorite repeat visits is to Emerald Expositions’ HD (Hospitality Design) Expo. This show, held in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, features furniture and accessories that will make a pubic space (hotels, restaurants, residence halls, etc.) inviting to the public.
The people who attend HD Expo are typically interior designers, hotel and restaurant owners, developers, etc. The items featured are typically sturdy enough for repeat use by the public, but hopefully can also create unique environments. And as always, I learn a thing or two every time I attend a Las Vegas Trade Show.
Not only do I learn, I was also flattered at this year’s show when one of the exhibitors saw me taking a video and heard my voice. He came over and asked if I had done videos of past shows. When I said I had, he grinned.
“I thought I recognized you; we looked at your videos before making plans to attend this year’s show.” I was thrilled. When articles and videos are posted on the Internet, we never know for sure if anyone is watching and just what their reactions will be. My day was made.
But back to HD Expo. I did take videos of a few of the booths at this year’s show and among the products were two that were standouts for me. One involved fire and the other was a large comfortable chair that suddenly became Slim. (You’ll have to watch the video to get more details.)
As with most of the trade shows I attend, I am obsessed with signs and slogans. Here are a few from this year’s show advertisers: “Elevating Your Lobby Experience”, “Classic Luxury Meets Modern Elegance”, “It’s In to be Out” (for outside furniture), “Unexpectedly Light” and “Passion for Design”.
HD Expo also featured a number of educational offerings. Among the topics were “Style Without Sacrifice: Blending Great Style and Great Technology”, “Small is Big: Microhotels”, “Nip/Tuck: The Challenge of Restorations”, “Design Directions: Three Key Trends for 2019-2020” and “Whirpool Tubs: Dangers and Designs”.
Pre-show projected attendance at HD Expo was expected to be 17,500.