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Coverings 2022 Sees 18% Spike in Attendance

Coverings, the largest international tile and stone event in North America, hosted a bustling, in-person 2022 trade show and conference, with an 18 percent increase in attendance compared to Coverings 2021. The Coverings 2022 event, which was held April 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, drew nearly 18,000 industry professionals from all business sectors within the tile and stone industry.

The four-day event extended across the convention center’s North and Central Halls in addition to the connecting concourses. Showgoers explored new and creative exhibit booths in nine global pavilions hosted by some of the world’s leading tile associations and product manufacturers from countries including the United States, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Turkey, Portugal, India and China. Exhibitors represented 34 countries, of which 69 percent were from outside the United States.

Coverings22 CTI Certification
Installers work toward Certified Tile Installer certification from Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF).

Thousands of distributors, retailers, stone fabricators, contractors, installers, specifiers, architects, designers, builders and remodelers were able to source an enormous range of products, including the latest in tile, stone, machinery, equipment and installation products.

“We are extremely excited and pleased with the increased attendance and magnetic energy at Coverings 2022,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the event planning company for Coverings. “The show’s global turnout and action-packed activities were key indicators that in-person events are valuable to tile and stone industry members who are ready to do business, connect with peers and suppliers as well as see, touch and feel products onsite.”

Tile Trends and Contractor Tours. The year’s top 10 tile trends, which were seen throughout the show floor, were the subject of multiple onsite tile trends presentations and tours provided by Alena Capra, Coverings spokesperson, industry ambassador and owner of Alena Capra Designs.

Coverings22 Schluter demo
Schluter Systems demonstrates its shower installation products during Coverings 2022.

Attendees were given the opportunity to participate in four specialized trends tours for a deep dive into the latest, must-see tile designs. Three different contractor tours allowed tour-goers a close-up look at the year’s newest and most innovative tools and equipment. Podcast participation was also a popular show activity, with 10 live podcasts covering a range of timely and relevant topics during the four-day event.

Education and Demonstrations. The Coverings 2022 extensive offering of 24 educational sessions focused on three tracks: “Installation & Fabrication”; “Materials & Trends” and “Workforce & Profits.” Scheduled learning sessions, many of which were filled to capacity, featured industry experts sharing up-to-date information, knowledge and skills that enlightened attendees with need-to-know content about ceramic tile and stone.

Coverings’ interactive Stages were an event favorite in Las Vegas. The Installation Innovation Stage presented 48 presentations and live demonstrations for learning advanced techniques to install new products. The Experience Stage, new for 2022 and located within the Coverings Lounge, offered opportunities to learn from industry experts about Coverings’ core focuses of “Wellness & Environment”; “Timeless Luxury” and “Outdoor Living Spaces,” collectively part of nine lively presentations. The Trends & Solutions Stage, which was also new for 2022, covered product trends and solutions in the industry, with 19 presentations offered by Coverings exhibitors and trade professionals.

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MAPEI was among the companies showcasing their latest installation products on the Installation Innovations Stage.

The Coverings Lounge was standing room only at times, featuring a Wellness and Sustainability Wall that highlighted the health advantages and sustainable, hygienic properties of ceramic tile. The lounge also hosted an Outdoor Living Pavilion designed and installed by students from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Architecture program.

“Coverings 2022 was no exception to the fact industry professionals attend Coverings each year to explore the latest trends, source global products, network with industry peers, gain project inspiration, learn new information and find solutions to grow their businesses,” said Hoff.

Coverings 2023 is set for April 18-21, 2023, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. For more information, visit coverings.com.

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