Coverings (coverings.com), the largest international tile & stone show in North America, is returning to Atlanta, Georgia from May 8 – 11. Coverings provides a stage for the most innovative tile & stone products from around the world and delivers critical information about the industry’s latest trends through the show’s annual CEU-accredited conference program—all free of charge. Attendees can now register and reserve housing.
Taking place in Atlanta for the first time in five years, the 2018 show will feature 1,100 exhibitors representing more than 40 countries and take more than 450,000 square feet of exhibition space at the Georgia World Congress Center. Programming for Coverings 2018 will offer sessions for every category of tile and stone professionals, offering a wide variety of CEUs for attendees. Along with a increased focus on delivering impactful networking opportunities, the 2018 show will feature the latest in products, innovations, and live demonstrations.
“Coverings aims to not only highlight the inherent value of tile & stone materials—their adaptability, durability, low environmental impact and beauty—but also foster connections between industry professionals, in order to grow businesses and build lasting professional relationships,” said Alena Capra, Coverings Industry Ambassador. “We’re thrilled to make our return to Atlanta in May and to engage with the vibrant community of industry professionals that comprise this market.”
To offer show attendees more time on the floor and provide an opportunity for those wanting to stop by the show later in the work day, Coverings 2018 will offer extended hours for the opening day of the show, Tuesday, May 8. With the exhibit hall open until 6:30 p.m., a networking event – “Around the World of Tile & Stone” – will provide happy hour specials and entertainment coupled with additional time to meet fellow attendees or exhibitors and expand professional connections. Furthermore, attendees can take advantage of added networking functionalities within the Coverings app and an onsite Meet @ Coverings area with dedicated meeting space.
The 2018 show will also introduce a new “Tile Installation Experience” comprised of live, interactive content showcasing best practices for tile installations through demonstrations and conversations with qualified, trained, and certified tile installers. Designed to provide added opportunities for exploration and hands-on learning, this experiential programming will engage attendees from all professional trade segments and deliver a holistic view of the tile industry’s standards and practices.
Other new features at Coverings 2018 include the Coverings Orientation Theatre, where attendees can learn answers to frequently asked questions and gain useful tips for making the most of their show experience. Attendees are also encouraged to become part of Coverings’ history at the Tile Heritage Foundation’s Donor Wall for Posterity. With a $25 donation, visitors can press their names, hands, thoughts or logos into a wet clay tile to become part of the mural, which will be installed at TCNA Headquarters in Anderson, SC.
Conference programming at the show will include more than 50 sessions, with a wide range of distinguished speakers scheduled to share their knowledge and industry insights on key topics for the tile and stone industry. Content is tailored to each attendee segment, with programming available for architects, builders/remodelers, designers, distributors, fabricators, installers, retailers, and Spanish-speaking attendees. With CEU credits available, these sessions continue to bring invaluable free education to the show.
To learn more about Coverings 2018 and ongoing opportunities to participate, visit coverings.com.