(ALEXANDRIA, VA—JULY, 2011)—Coverings, the world’s annual super show for tile and stone, is returning to familiar turf in 2012, when the doors open April 17-20, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. But, in announcing future dates and venues for the show, the Coverings Board of Directors had a few surprises.
In 2013, the show is headed for the first time ever to Atlanta and the Georgia World Congress Center, April 29-May 2. Then it’s back to Las Vegas in 2014, but this time to the Las Vegas Convention Center. The dates for that show also are April 29-May 2. And peering even further ahead, in 2015, it’s back to Orlando and Orange County Convention Center, April 14-17.
Commenting on Atlanta in 2013, Jennifer Hoff, president of events for National Trade Productions, which manages and produces Coverings, said, “With such an international draw of both exhibitors and attendees to Coverings, any location we choose must be accessible both domestically and globally, and Atlanta is an active airline hub. What’s more, Atlanta conveniently neighbors growth regions where so many of our target audience are based. Our choices in exhibit space also are dictated by the scale and scope of Coverings; the venues that can accommodate the type of space we require are somewhat limited. But, Atlanta has always been on our radar screen as a workable facility, and we’re looking forward to being there in 2013.”
Of course, Las Vegas worked out well this year, and the Coverings Board was particularly pleased to be able to negotiate a return there in 2014, but to the larger accommodations of the city’s Convention Center versus The Sands, where it was held this past March.
Coming out of this year’s expo with more than 100 first-time exhibitors, plus more than 90% of its exhibitor space for Orlando pre-sold, Coverings 2012 already is shaping up to be as strong as ever. Its reputation as an unparalleled “must” for anyone doing business in the tile and stone category is well earned. “Coverings brings together under one roof—and from all corners of the world—the greatest resources of ceramic tile, mosaics, natural stone and slab materials, plus those who deal in the adhesives, accessories, tools and equipment that are installation essentials,” said Hoff. “We layer in an incredible conference component with top-of-their-game industry authorities, skill and technique-building live-action demonstrations, plus a host of other accredited professional development presentations. And, for the icing on the cake, we serve up tremendous business networking opportunities. All this, completely free of
registration fees or charges, explains why Coverings is on the agenda each year for distributors, retailers, contractors, installers, builders, fabricators, architects, interior designers and anyone who’s in the industry.”
Coverings is sponsored by ASCER (Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association of Spain), Confindustria Ceramica (Italian Association of Ceramics), Tile Council of North America (TCNA), Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), and National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA). Online registration for attendees will be accessible in October at www.coverings.com. Visit, as well, at www.facebook.com/CoveringsShow.
Coverings is the premier international trade fair and expo dedicated exclusively to showcasing the newest in ceramic tile and natural stone. It has grown to be the largest and most important show of its kind in the U.S., featuring exhibitors from more than 50 countries and attracting thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors and specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, plus the press and journalists who cover this vital and dynamic industry.
Coverings is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world. The exposition also serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all categories of attendees, with informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions conducted throughout the four days and all free of charge.
Coverings 2012 is set for April 17-20, at Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. For more information visit www.coverings.com or contact National Trade Productions, Coverings Show Management, 703.683.8500.