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Another inarguable measure of the show's success is the rate at which exhibitors are renewing for Coverings 2012, which will be held from April 17 to 20 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, reports NTP. This year, for the first time, Coverings offered on-site space selection for next year, and 90% of space already has been contracted. In fact, the floor has been expanded to keep up with the demands of those interested in exhibiting.
"Consensus was that there was a solid return on taking Coverings to Las Vegas," said Jennifer Hoff, President of Events for NTP. "We now need to capitalize on the base of West Coast attendees we attracted and figure out how to retain them as returnees as we move forward over the coming decade."
Another final figure coming out of Coverings 2011 was that more than 500,000 pounds of surplus and used tile and stone were ultimately diverted from the dumpsters thanks to the show's collaboration with Tile Partners for Humanity (TPFH). Collected from exhibitors after the build of their displays and at the conclusion of the show, these discards are being "recycled" for use in Habitat for Humanity and other worthy building projects undertaken by non-profit community organizations and public agencies benefitting the disadvantaged nationwide. TPFH was aided in the collection by Mountain Re-Source Center.