Coverings 2023 exceeds expectations for international tile and stone industry
Article published in: "2023 Tile Competition Winners"
Organizers of Coverings, the preeminent and largest international ceramic tile and natural stone event in North America, have announced that Coverings 2023 exceeded expectations with a vigorous 50 percent year-over-year increase in attendance, totaling nearly 27,000 eventgoers who gathered April 18-21, 2023, at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Florida. The event rivaled pre-pandemic levels and was one of the most dynamic expositions and conferences in Coverings’ renowned 34-year position as the leading event in the tile and stone industry.
Coverings 2023 was an action-packed, four-day event laid out to span 450,000 net square feet of show floor space in addition to the main North and South Concourses in the convention center. The show floor featured immense global pavilions hosted by the world’s leading ceramic tile associations and product manufacturers from the United States, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Turkey, Portugal, India, China, and other countries.
Exhibitors represented 40 countries, showcasing their newest and most innovative ceramic tile, natural stone, tools, equipment, machinery, and technology. International exhibitors made up 74 percent of the exposition, whereas 26 percent were domestic.
Attendees of Coverings 2023 included industry professionals from all business sectors within the tile and stone industry. 77 percent of attendees were from the United States, and 23 percent hailed from other countries.
Involvement with distributors, architects, designers, contractors, installers, fabricators, retailers, and others was at an all-time high at Coverings 2023, with more than 1,000 exhibitors, 24 learning sessions, 95 demonstrations and presentations, nine show floor tours, nine podcasts, and many other activations created to address the business interests and growth pursuits of all segments.
“Positive networking connections and productive business resonated throughout Coverings 2023,” said Jenn Heinold, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the show management company for Coverings. “With a tremendously busy show floor and standing-room-only learning sessions, we are extremely pleased with the stream of elated feedback we continue to receive from Coverings 2023 attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, and press members alike.”
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