Coverings Online Registration Set to Kickoff

Alexandria, VA, September 21, 2006--Online registration for 2007 Coverings gets underway Monday, October 23, six months ahead of the April 17-20 international tile and stone exposition and conference. With nearly 1,200 exhibitors from more than 65 countries and consistent growth in recent years, Coverings is expected to exceed all previous attendance records in 2007, especially as it returns, after a 15 year absence, to Chicago and McCormick Place Convention Center. Last year, the show had over 33,000 registrants, and with more and more people appreciating the convenience of the Web to pre-register, it’s anticipated that the online service will handle at least 80 percent in advance as it did last year, if not more. The Web site is “In addition to being the most expedient way to register for Coverings,” said Tamara Christian, show director and president of National Trade Productions, which manages Coverings, “online registration has been rated the best function on our Web site by exhibitors and attendees. We have honed it to near perfection so that it’s completely user-friendly, avoiding needless paperwork, time waiting in lines, and delays in getting down to business on the show floor.” Those who do take advantage of the online registration also enjoy other benefits, including helpful up-to-the-minute news blasts on conference session schedules, the latest speakers, invitations to special events and parties, plus information on contests and giveaways. “You’re instantly connected and privy to everything that’s happening at Coverings once you’ve registered via this service,” added Christian. Another time-saver due to go online simultaneous to the show registration is a link for reservations at participating hotels offering Coverings packages. The lineup for Chicago includes a range of choices offering accommodations to satisfy the budget conscious as well as those on expense accounts. While the online reservation process also is becoming the preferred way to book one’s stay for Coverings, a toll-free hotline also will be available beginning October 23, 886-805-4509; or, direct dial at 506-637-0323. Coverings, the premier international trade show and conference dedicated exclusively to showcasing the newest in tile and natural stone, has grown to be the largest and most important show of its kind. Coverings features 1,200 exhibitors from more than 65 countries and attracts more than 33,000 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 growing industry. Coverings is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative products in the world related to tile and stone. 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. For more information on attending or exhibiting at Coverings, please visit or contact NTP, Coverings Show Management, at 703.683.8500.

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