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LATEST IN TILE AND STONE FOR THE HOME FEATURED IN TRADE SHOWS

April, 06

More than 30,000 attendees to descend upon the Orange County Convention Center, One of Orlando's biggest trade shows.

One of Orlando's biggest trade shows is taking shape this weekend, paving the way for more than 30,000 attendees to descend upon the Orange County Convention Center next week.

Coverings, which features the latest in tile and natural stone for kitchens, baths, patios and other furnishings, is expected to take up more than 1.2 million square feet of space at the convention center -- more than last year's show.

"The market is hot -- that creates demand," said Tamara Christian, show director and president of National Trade Productions. "We've sold everything. There's a waiting list to exhibit."

Among other events, designers will unveil the freshest and most exotic looks in tile and stone home decor.

More than 1,200 exhibitors are expected from 56 countries, including China , Turkey , India and Brazil . Attendees and exhibitors include architects, interior designers, distributors, fabricators, homebuilders and contractors.

The show, which runs from Tuesday to Friday, is closed to the public.

Its economic impact on Orlando is estimated at $47 million in spending on hotels, restaurants, shopping, transportation and other expenses, Christian said. It ranks among the top 30 trade shows in the United States.

While Orlando is considered one of the show's "home bases," Christian said, the show will head to Chicago next year and return to Orlando in 2008.

 
 
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