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Industry Looks Strong As The International Surface Event 2016 Results Are Announced

DALLAS – March 3, 2016: Informa Exhibitions reports significant attendee growth at The International Surface Event 2016: SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, TileExpo, a signal to the industry that positive growth is in store for 2016-2017. Total attendance was up an incredible 10% over the 2015 event. Attendees represented all segments of the industry, including distributors, buying groups, retailers, designers, architects, installers, fabricators and more, with an overall presence from around the globe. The new IGNITE conference program also showed significant growth with standing room only in many sessions.

The International Surface Event 2016 was held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, with the educational conference taking place January 19-22. Attendees found a wide collection of products, services and technologies available in the exhibit hall, and exhibitors were pleased with excellent traffic during the show. In addition to the popular show floor features, the Trends Hub, Cage, International Pavilions and others, TISE launched the Installation Showcase in 2016. This show feature was a huge success for attendees, receiving live demonstrations on dueling stages that presented the latest techniques and tricks for installing carpet, flooring and tile.

“The Informa team did a great job of tackling the challenges of the migration to having everything and everyone on one floor. The WFCA was extremely pleased by the activity at our booth and the buzz throughout the entire convention hall. This was our most productive show since the industry downturn in 2006-2007. As one who has been in the industry my entire life, I have to say that it was great having practically all of the industry under one roof. We can’t wait for 2017!” Scott Humphrey, President/CEO, World Floor Covering Association (WFCA)

"There was a buzz of optimism at the TISE West about the market and the show. It was clear that attendance was up and the educational programming offered was excellent. TISE west was the first major 2016 event for the new joint venture between the Marble Institute of America and the Building Stone Institute which included a member networking reception that broke all previous records for attendance." James Hieb, CEO, MIA+BSI (the natural stone institute)

“TISE 2016 was a great event for the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation and National Tile Contractors Association. The quality of the attendees was outstanding, and having the exhibits all on one floor added to the overall atmosphere. The installation stages were packed with interested attendees, and led to great leads for both membership and certification.” Bart Bettiga, Executive Director, National Tile Contractors Association

“A constant buzz of business occurring on the floor could be heard from every corner of the newly expanded, one-floor exhibit hall; the positive energy was contagious,” said Amie Gilmore,