Let’s talk about Hospitality Design Magazine’s HD Expo and what it means to hospitality design and hospitality designers. Hospitality Design is an interesting beast. For the most part it takes a team of skilled designers, architects, planners and buyers. A lot of designers I have talked to want to jump into this area but really have no idea how to begin. I always say why not go to the HD Expo in Las Vegas. It really can give you an idea how the business works and the players. Not really something I would attend every year but it is a good place to start. In my opinion the show needs a refresh. With all the changes in technology and social media I think they could really do something special. Never the less, make sure to attend all the social events and get ready to network. Also its Vegas baby so why not?
What to Bring to the HD Expo
I would say always bring tons of water, some comfortable shoes and a positive attitude. You might be tempted to bring those new shoes you just purchased…DON’T! Stick with shoes that have brought you luck and not destroyed your feet after a long day. Make sure to bring a nice big water bottle to constantly refill because your body will need it.
Should I Stay or Should I Go
There are so many events that honestly it is a hard thing to leave. At around 3 the drink carts start to come out to the booths and things get interesting. Myself I was always so dead by then I headed back to my hotel. Then I refreshed and headed out to a networking dinner with some soon to be friends. Steady the course and remember why you are at the event.
When I went to the #HDExpo I owned the show on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Well along with Stacy Garcia who is basically everywhere. If you do not know who she is you will as soon as you land in Las Vegas. Other than Stacy nobody really works the show right on social media so start posting and have fun.
I always booked early and I would advise the same for anyone planning on attending. Don’t be lured by a better hotel. Stay in the hotel where the HD Expo is being held. It pays off in the long run. Also the last day is pretty much a zombie show so I normally fly out the night before the show ends.
I hope you enjoyed my rundown of one of hospitality design’s top trade show … Hospitality Design Magazine’s HD Expo!