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HD Expo Preview: Development Update

Posted by on March 28, 2018 in Events

We’re less than 40 days away and counting from our highly anticipated event of the year, and the HD team could not be more excited to share with you what goodies we have in store for HD Expo 2018. We’re back at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas from May 2nd – 4th for more networking and, of course, to show off innovative products from the more than 800 exhibitors on the show floor.

Indeed, HD Expo is known for its thought-provoking discussion panels, and this year is no different. While we tackle many different topics impacting the hotel industry, this year we have a few that hone in on the owner and development side of the business, especially as the hotel industry’s future continues to be promising. Mark your calendars: Here are a few development panels you won’t want to miss.

Where in the World: Development Update
Wednesday, May 2nd: 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Join Bruce Ford of Lodging Econometrics as he leadsa panel of four hotel executives, including Jay Stein, Dream Hotel Group; Trevor Horwell, Nobu Hospitality Group; Gary Dollens, Hyatt; and Larry Traxler, Hilton Worldwide Hotels & Resorts to talk the latest in booming developments around the globe, including design-driven projects that are paving the way, as well as new hotbeds in the forecast.

The upcoming Nobu Toronto from Studio Munge boasts more than 630,000 square feet across two towers

HD/ISHP Town Hall: Owners’ Roundtable
Thursday, May 3rd: 10:30 a.m. – noon

This is our signature event and a fan favorite, where attendees are given the opportunity to speak with high-profile industry veterans who represent many of the top brands and ownership groups in the industry. It’s a comfortable space to pick their brains and ask questions, discuss the different aspects of hospitality, and generate fresh ideas. Be sure to get there early, as spots at tables are sure to fill up.

A packed house at last year’s Owners’ Roundtable during HD Expo

Investment 101: Straight Talk from Clients
Wednesday, May 2nd: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Four insiders (Brad Nichols, Geolo Capital; Helen Jorgensen, Host Hotels; Dupree Scovell, Woodbine; and Jim Merkel, Rockbridge) will talk about the ever-changing consumer, the ins and outs to refreshing your game plan, as well as how to refine and tailor presentations and pick collaborators for a successful partnership.

The lobby lounge at the Camby in Phoenix, a Host Hotels & Resorts project

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