Tile, Stone Trade Show Attendance Up

Tile, Stone Trade Show Attendance Up

Jupiter, FL Strong U.S. sales for ceramic tile and natural stone, coupled with "intense interest in new product introductions and industry trends," contributed to an increase in attendance at this year's Coverings trade show, according to show officials.

The four-day trade show and educational conference, conducted in May in Orlando, attracted 19,766 visitors a 19.3% increase over 1999 and 1,056 exhibitors, according to trade show officials.

Coverings organizers cited a "steadily rising market preference" for ceramic tile and natural stone as the primary reason for increased attendance at the show.

At this year's event, the Tile Council of America (TCA) released figures showing a 14.9% increase in sales volume for ceramic tile from 1998 to 1999, to $2.1 billion. The TCA also reported that tile now occupies 18% of the hard surfaces marketplace, and 9% of the overall floor covering market.

"Confidence in the future growth of the ceramic tile and natural stone marketplace shows no sign of waning," Coverings sponsors said.

Next year's show is set for June 12-15, 2001 in the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando.