The 25th-largest trade show in the country The Coverings resulted in an economic impact of more than $37 million.
The Coverings, the 25th-largest trade show in the country, resulted in an economic impact of more than $37 million when it was in Orlando last week, according to show organizers.
Tamara Christian, president of National Trade Productions, the show manager for The Coverings, says the show took up close to 1.1 million gross square feet of exhibitor space in the Orange County Convention Center.
More than 33,000 people sold out more than 20 hotels for the week and held nightly events at places such as Pleasure Island.
The 19th annual show, which will continue to take place in Orlando in alternate years, features the latest in the tile and stone industry. This year's show featured more than 1,100 exhibitors from 60 different countries. Following the United States, countries with the largest exhibitor presence were Italy, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey and China.
Exhibitors built structures in the convention center such as tile floors, tile walls and sample bathrooms. The latest and greatest in stone and tile features is shown, including tile displayed this year that looked like hard wood flooring and stainless steel.
Architects and designers come from around the world for ideas for both commercial and residential projects. The majority of attendees come in the form of distributors and contractors.
This year, The Coverings also donated truckloads of unused tile and tone to Tile Partners for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that will use the product to help families build home sin Orlando and those affected in the Gulf region by Hurricane Katrina.