Event organizers noted strong attendance and a full menu of activities both on the show floor and in conference rooms at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, where Coverings 2012 took place last month. According to management for the annual international 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.

“The numbers tell the story, and it’s looking very upbeat that design and installation needs for tile and stone may be on the rise from the slump of the past few years,” said Karen Fendrich, Coverings Show Director. Conference sessions were packed, and one of the biggest draws of the first day was color expert Leatrice Eiseman, who’s been a returnee presenter at Coverings for nearly a decade.