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Optimism abounds as serious buyers drive traffic, sales

by Louis Iannaco

Orlando, Fla.—Coverings, the nation’s largest ceramic tile and natural stone show, returned to its roots here from April 17 to 20 as more than 800 exhibitors strutted their stuff for the entire A&D community and more to see.

Things seemed to be looking up as reactions from most participants surveyed were very positive. Toward the end of the four-day event, Karin Fendrich, COO of National Trade Productions (NTP), the company that runs Coverings, said the show had exceeded expectations. “We had set a goal for sales a year ago that we would see some growth, particularly over what we did last year in Las Vegas, and we hit our goal.” Continue reading Optimism abounds as serious buyers drive traffic, sales

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Day one at Coverings 2012 sees encouraging numbers

Orlando — Strong attendance and a full menu of activities both on the show floor and in conference rooms at the Orange County Convention Center here marked Day One of Coverings 2012. According to management for the annual international super show of tile and stone, in the first day alone attendance already was up 5% from its 2010 level when Coverings made its last appearance in Orlando. Continue reading Day one at Coverings 2012 sees encouraging numbers

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Strengthen your website and get found online at Coverings 2012

Seminar Offers Tile and Stone Businesses Practical Digital MarketingTips 

Tile and Stone businesses have the opportunity to learn practical digital marketing tips during a two hour seminar titled “Practical Marketing for Small Businesses: Strengthen Your Website, Get Found & Connect With Customers.” Christine B. Whittemore, chief simplifier of Simple Marketing Now LLC, will lead the session which takes place Friday, April 20th, 2012 from 8:30 to 10:30 am at Coverings. Coverings, the premier international trade fair and expo dedicated exclusively to showcasing the newest in ceramic tile and natural stone, takes place April 17 through 20, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Continue reading Strengthen your website and get found online at Coverings 2012

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800+ exhibitors will bring stand-out goods to Coverings

by Emily J. Cappiello

Coverings 2012 will be bursting at the seams as more than 800 exhibitors from around the world show off the latest and greatest in tile. New inkjet products, eco-friendly offerings and new accessory pieces will be on display as retailers and distributors gear up for the selling year ahead. The following are some of the companies and their launches along with those from the Italian and Spanish pavilions, which were highlighted in the April 2/9 issue of Floor Covering News: Continue reading 800+ exhibitors will bring stand-out goods to Coverings

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Make the most of your Coverings 2012 experience

Orlando, Fla.—Anyone heading to Coverings 2012 will find the greatest business payoffs if they come armed with a plan of attack. For all that the annual tile and stone show offers when the doors open at the Orange County Convention Center here April 17—with more than 800 exhibitors representing 50-plus countries, nearly 70 educational seminars, live demonstrations and countless networking opportunities—the four-day event can put even the most seasoned show attendee into sensory overload. Continue reading Make the most of your Coverings 2012 experience

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Keynote panel discussion for tile industry leaders at Coverings 2012

Kinnelon, NJ – Tile industry leaders will gather on opening day of Coverings 2012 for a keynote presentation and panel discussion highlighting marketing successes. “The Web is Your Best Marketing Tool” takes place Tuesday, April 17 from 8:30am to 10am and features National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) executive director, Bart Bettiga, Wirtz Quality Installations, Inc. president, Amber Fox, Welch Tile and Marble Company president, Dan Welch, and David Allen Company vice president, Martin Howard. Christine B. Whittemore, chief simplifier of Simple Marketing Now, will moderate the session. Continue reading Keynote panel discussion for tile industry leaders at Coverings 2012

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Architects and interior designers invited to bring clients to Coverings

Alexandria, Va. — Coverings, the international tile and stone expo and conference, has effectively set itself apart from the trade show pack with “Bring Your Client to Coverings” — the one opportunity consumers can sneak a peek at what their architects and interior designers are privy to in this decorative building materials category. Coverings 2012 convenes April 17 through April 20 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, and registered A+D attendees can be joined by up to two client guests daily as they peruse the introductions of hundreds of global exhibitors representing more than 50 countries. Attendance for all is free. Continue reading Architects and interior designers invited to bring clients to Coverings

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Coverings 2012 puts digital front-and-center with new social media space

Yes, the latest innovations in tile and stone will form the core of Coverings 2012, April 17-20, as 800-plus exhibitors from every corner of the world line the aisles of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. But, at the heart of it all will be a first for the international expo and conference:  Coverings Central. This 1,500-square-foot show floor addition, Booth #3728, is designed to be an information highway hub where attendees can gather to digitally interact and network with one another, experience the social media-minded seminar sessions, and capitalize on the potential business opportunities that lie within the online sphere of today’s marketplace. Continue reading Coverings 2012 puts digital front-and-center with new social media space

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Coverings seeks stone and tile projects for 2012 Installation & Design Awards

Alexandria, VA—A superior installation magnifies the real beauty of tile and stone. And, it is superior installations—along with the contractors and designers who’ve collaborated on them—that will be honored with the Coverings Installation and Design Awards. The presentation will be the crowning event of the 2012 Coverings Tile & Stone Exposition and Conference, April 17-20, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. Continue reading Coverings seeks stone and tile projects for 2012 Installation & Design Awards