WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is pleased to announce that HOST 2015, taking place in Milan, Italy, from October 23 to 27, 2015, has partnered with ASID and the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) to bring 20 interior designers from North America to the show. Those who are accepted to attend will have their airfare, accommodations and registration fees covered by HOST.

HOST is an international hospitality exhibition in its 39th year that features more than 1,800 exhibitors from 48-plus countries showcasing products suitable for hotels, restaurants and related hospitality businesses. Unique to this year's event, HOST overlaps with Expo Milano 2015, which has been running since May 1 and concludes on October 31. The theme of this year's Expo Milano is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. Attendees and exhibitors will be talking about food, health, well-being, innovation and technology with the goal of securing a more sustainable future for our planet.

"HOST is the exhibition to attend if the focus of your work is hospitality," said Simona Greco, exhibition director of HOST. "Over five days at the fair, you will meet with the world's most prominent industry manufacturers and suppliers and learn about the latest technologies and trends hitting the marketplace."

HOST will select 20 interior designers -- 10 from ASID and 10 from IDC -- to participate, and will pay their travel, accommodation and registration expenses. A sophisticated Expo Matching System will be used to schedule participant meetings with exhibitors to ensure that attendees' time at the Fair allows them access to the companies most relevant to their businesses.

Randy Fiser, ASID CEO, and Susan Wiggins, IDC CEO, will attend the Fair with the delegation and will participate in meetings regarding international collaboration with the hospitality sector. "We are very excited about this unique opportunity that allows us to promote North American hospitality designers while creating a unique opportunity for those designers to immerse themselves in an international expo specifically related to hospitality," said Fiser.

To apply for your spot to travel with the North American delegation, please complete and return the application form to education@asid.org with HOST in the subject line no later than Friday, July 31. Decisions will be announced the following week, and travel arrangements will be made no later than August 15.