LA event attracts international attendees
The fifth annual Boutique Design West (BDwest) trade fair and conference for the hospitality design community drew 2,341 attendees to the Los Angeles Convention Center, including industry professionals from 39 U.S. states and eight countries around the globe. Registrants for event came from Canada, China, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Uganda and the U.K., along with industry peers from across the continental U.S. and Hawaii to source design elements for hospitality interiors, take part in conference sessions, earn CEUs and network with industry innovators from both sides of the designer/client table.
BDwest 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Photo: Harriet Lewis Pallette Photography
“We were delighted with the high caliber of speakers and attendees who participated in this year’s trade fair,” says Michelle Finn, president, HMG, and senior vice president, ST Media Group Intl. “Particularly impressive was the scope of hospitality project work on the drawing boards. Our customers commented on being able to connect with design professionals who were interested in the purchase/specification of their products for upcoming projects. BDwest’s relaxed environment contributed to a meaningful business exchange.”
Editor's note: A full recap of BDwest 2017 will be included in the June edition of Boutique Design magazine.
This year’s fair—which took place April 5 and 6—featured more than 40,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space with 244 manufacturers and marketers showcasing innovative furniture, lighting, floorcoverings, fabrics, wallcoverings, art, accessories, bath and spa, and other design elements for hospitality spaces. Finn said the fair’s focused product selection, highly personalized service and friendly vibe delivered the best of both worlds for design professionals who want to discover new products and find ideas, but also get their questions answered and establish relationships with potential suppliers.
“BDwest retained a boutique feel while providing an abundance of business opportunities for exhibitors and attendees,” she adds.
Larry Carver, president of leading hospitality purchasing firm Carver & Associates, concurs. “I made a large purchase from a new supplier as a result of a pre-arranged, exhibit-floor meeting at BDwest,” he says. “The ability to have meaningful conversations with so many relevant, high-caliber companies—on the spot, in their display space—is a huge time-saver for us.”
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