ATLANTA – (May 10, 2013) The Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) hosted Coverings, the tile and stone tradeshow this past week, April 29-May 2. The event featured over 900 global exhibitors in the industry and attracted distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, architects, designers, suppliers and others involved in the industry.
Approximately 20,000 people attended the show with a large number of international attendees and exhibitors from Italy, China, Turkey, Spain, Brazil, Greece and more. The show itself spanned eight exhibit halls utilizing 936,500 square feet of exhibit space. The extensive move-in for the show included over 8.5 million pounds of freight. At the end of the event, a large amount of items left over from the show were donated to Habitat for Humanity. The projected direct economic impact of Coverings was $23,670,000.
“We are so happy to have welcomed attendees from all over the world for Coverings,” said GWCC General Manager Mark Zimmerman. “The eight hall show featured all aspects of the tile and stone industry for four days in our Buildings B and C.”
The GWCC hosted 310 events in Fiscal Year 2012, including 41 major tradeshows and conventions. The downtown Atlanta facility had a total economic impact of $80 million and welcomed almost 1 million visitors to the 3.9 million square foot facility.