BDNY 2023 Underway Now in New York City

New York, NY, November 13, 2023- Boutique Design New York (BDNY) is currently underway in New York at the Jacob K. Javits Center, starting yesterday and running through today.

BDNY is a trade fair and conference for hospitality’s boutique and lifestyle design community. The show attracts, hospitality brand leaders, interior designers, FFE purchasing agents, suppliers and property owners. The event is held every year in November and continues to hold its edge as the leading hospitality show in U.S.

This year’s exhibitors are happy with the show energy and attendance, which is on track to beat last year. 

In terms of design, outdoor spaces are expanding as guests see value in having a connection with nature that brings about restored cognitive thinking.

LVT continues to take share from carpet as in-room flooring, and rugs are being added as an accent.

In terms of space design, there is a debate among designers about how to incorporate working space into hospitality design. Many Americans want workspace in the guest room, with some believing that video meetings can create disruptive noise in the common areas, whereas the European model puts workspace in common areas.

A panel of interior designers acknowledge that 75% of travelers want properties focused on sustainability.

A panel of design leaders with major hotel brands admit to an over-proliferation of brands in the hospitality industry currently. Hilton alone has grown from eight to 22 brands in the last 15 years. As a result of the many options, brand loyalty with frequent travelers is waning.

A key challenge the industry faces in providing intuitive service to hotel guests is the quality of labor. 

Experts noted that business travel is coming back with the new trend in business travel being relaxation time on the front end or back end.

Lodging Econometrics forecasts that remodel activity in the hospitality sector will be strong into 2025 as brands hold property owners accountable for minimum brand standards.

Lee Blair, vice president of hospitality with Milliken, will be recognized this evening as a Hospitality Industry Icon by NEWH. Roger Milliken and Ray Anderson previously won the award. NEWH is the international community connecting the hospitality industry, providing scholarships, education, leadership development, recognition of excellence, and business development opportunities.

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