Alexandria, VA, May 23, 2014 -- Coverings 2014, the largest tile and stone exposition and conference in North America, said its attendance numbers rose when the show returned to Las Vegas earlier this month for its 25th show.
Officials said audience segments that saw an increase include distributors, retailers and contractors/installers.
More than 22,500 industry professionals came to Coverings 2014, a bump of 3% from last year and 22% from 2011, the last year Coverings was located in Las Vegas.
Overall, several key segments saw double-digit increases compared to 2011, particularly for retailers, distributors and fabricators, which were up 12, 16 and 36%, respectively.
Coverings also experienced an increase in the number of exhibitors. The show extended is footprint to 387,600 square-feet of space, utilizing an outdoor pavilion called The Plaza, located adjacent to the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. In total, Coverings hosted more than 975 exhibitors.
“Our attendance and exhibitor numbers truly indicate an improvement to the health and vitality of the tile and stone industry in North America,” said Karin Fendrich, Coverings show director.
“With new home sales continuing to rise, and the U.S. tile and stone consumption experiencing a fourth consecutive growth year, attending Coverings was more critical than ever this year.”