Celebrating a Successful HD Expo + Conference 2024

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More than 11,000 Total Attendees and 600 Exhibitors Came Together for Three Days of Discovery, Learning, and Networking

Hospitality Design and its parent company, Emerald, celebrate a successful conclusion to the 2024 edition of HD Expo + Conference. Hosted at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas April 30 – May 2, 2024, the annual show welcomed over 11,000 total attendees, a 10 percent increase from 2023, and more than 600 exhibitors. As the largest single destination for hospitality product discovery in the U.S., HD Expo + Conference showcased manufacturers from 25 product categories, more than 30 conference sessions featuring 150 industry luminaries, special events celebrating some of the best of the industry, and countless networking events both on and off the show floor.

“This year’s HD Expo + Conference was a huge accomplishment both in terms of creating an amazing lineup of events and exhibitors, as well as growth in attendance compared to 2023. The challenge now is to find ways to make next year even better,” says Kevin Gaffney, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Emerald, HD Expo + Conference’s parent company.

“We’re already beginning planning for next year and cannot wait to return to Las Vegas for HD Expo + Conference 2025,” says Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, editor in chief of Hospitality Design (HD) magazine, and Senior Vice President, Design Group, Emerald. “The energy of the show floor, the engaging panel conversations, our sold-out networking events—including the HD Awards and the Women in Design Awards Breakfast—made this event one for the books.”


Making its inaugural debut in Las Vegas, the 20th annual HD Awards ceremony gathered close to 600 attendees to reveal and celebrate the winners from 150 finalists across 30 project and 13 product categories. The night also celebrated a handful for their innovation and impact on the industry: the 2024 Designer and Hotel Company of the Year Awards recipients, Nicole Hollis and Standard International respectively; the HDAC Awards of Excellence honoree Darius Davie of the Groom Guy; and Stone Resource was given the ISHP Vendor Quality Award. Plus, the night feted this year’s HD/West Elm Student Product Design Competition winner, Ilyra Carlton.

The show’s signature event, the sold-out HD|ISHP Owners Roundtable, connected attendees with more than hotel 35 owners, developers, and brand executives for a series of free-flowing conversations.

The Women in Design Awards celebrated five inspiring women for their creative achievements: Sarah Bonsall of Six Senses; Gulla Jónsdóttir of her namesake firm; My Nguyen of Holland America Line and Seabourn; Staci Patton of Hilton; and Meridith Zimmerman of RLJ Lodging Trust for their innovation, leadership, and career achievements.

A panel of industry leaders selected this year’s Best Booth Awards for the most eye-catching spaces. The full list of 2024 winners can be seen here.

The winners of the 2024 IIDA/HD Expo Product Design Awards were announced and celebrated at a special panel during the show. The full list of 2024 IIDA/HD Expo Product Design Awards winners can be seen here.

HD Expo + Conference will return to Mandalay Bay Las Vegas May 6-8, 2025. For more information, click here.


Aceray, Akdo, Akula, American Leather, Astro, Better Designed Lighting, Bear, Bromic Heating, Bryan Ashly, BSF, Buzz, County Draperies, Crossville, Crown Creative, Culp Hospitality, Delta Furniture, Dedon, Dynamic Terrazzo Environments, Ege Carpets, Emser Tile, Emu, Encore, Enhanced Spaces and Botanicals, Fairmont Designs, Fil Doux Textiles, Floor & Decor, Formology, Hilton, Hubbardton Forge, Inpro, JANUS et Cie, Justin David, Kevin Barry Art Advisory, Kimball Hospitality, Kravet, Lacquer Craft Hospitality, Ledge, Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering, MoveLine Hospitality, Nook, RPM Expedite, Samelson-Chatelane, Shaw Contract, Stone Source, Supplied, Tarkett, Ultrafabrics, Ultra Suede, Valley Forge Fabrics, Inc., Wayfair Professional, William-Sonoma, Inc. Business to Business, and Wood Chic.

About HD Expo + Conference

As the industry leader, the annual HD Expo + Conference in Las Vegas brings together the entire hospitality design community—interior designers, architects, hoteliers, owners, operators, developers, and purchasers—for strategic networking events, exclusive product premieres, inspiring education, and bespoke experiences. Over three days, it’s where these hospitality professionals come face-to-face with the most captivating products and resources to consider for global projects, as well as stay on top of industry news and trends through thought-provoking conference programming featuring more than 150 design visionaries, innovators, and thought leaders, curated by Hospitality Design magazine. HD Expo + Conference is owned by Emerald. For more information, please visit www.hdexpo.com.

About Emerald

Emerald is a leader in building dynamic, market-driven business-to-business platforms that integrate live events with a broad array of industry insights, digital tools, and data-focused solutions to create uniquely rich experiences. As true partners, we at Emerald strive to build our customers’ businesses by creating opportunities that inspire, amaze, and deliver breakthrough results. With over 140 events each year, our teams are creators and connectors who are thoroughly immersed in the industries we serve and committed to supporting the communities in which we operate. For more information, please visit www.emeraldx.com.