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The planning has begun for Coverings 2010, to be held April 27-30, when the international show for ceramic tile and natural stone will return to Orlando, Fla., and the Orange County Convention Center. In 2011, the show will be making a strategic move westward, heading to the Los Angeles Convention Center.
“Orlando is practically home base for Coverings,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of events for National Trade Productions, which manages and produces the show. “It will be our 11th year there, and it has a proven track record for us. We know it can accommodate the size and scope of the show, is accessible for both domestic and international travelers, and is in a core region for tile and stone business. But, for several years, Coverings has had its eye on the West Coast since it, too, is a critical tile and stone market. Though there’s been an aggressive outreach to build attendance from this area, it’s time to be even more targeted. So, we’re going to take the show to the proverbial mountain.”
The inaugural Coverings exposition was staged 21 years ago in Los Angeles and returned there-or, at least, nearby (Anaheim)-two additional times in its early days. Chicago, which most recently was the scene for Coverings this past year and in 2007, yielded its share of advantages, including a spike in attendance among architects and designers. It also helped nudge the show a little closer to its West Coast goal. According to Hoff, “We hope to return to the Windy City in the future, but Los Angeles will enable Coverings to tap into the potential that the Pacific Coast offers.”
Coverings is sponsored by ASCER (the Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association of Spain), Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics), the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), and the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA).
For more information, call (703) 683-8500 or visit www.coverings.com.