ARLINGTON, Va. -- Coverings (coverings.com) will extend its opening day in Atlanta on May 8 as part of its efforts to enhance network building at the stone and tile event.

coverings logoThe show floor at the Georgia World Congress Center will remain open until 6:30 p.m. – an extra 90 minutes – on the first day of the expo to allow area attendees to drop in later in their regular work days. During the extended time, called “Around the World of Tile & Stone,” there will be happy-hour specials and entertainment coupled with additional time to meet fellow attendees or exhibitors and expand professional connections.

For attendees seeking new methods to discuss challenges and shared interests or to align with new potential clients for projects or business opportunities, Coverings is adding networking functionalities to its app. Users are encouraged to complete their attendee profiles to find connections at the show. Onsite, the Meet @ Coverings area will feature a dedicated open-meeting space with tables and chairs, creating an environment dedicated to fostering relationships and cultivating a connected industry.

“We are committed to providing all attendees and exhibitors with the opportunity to forge deeper connections in the tile and stone industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “We are constantly looking for ways to enhance the Coverings experience, and are pleased to provide new ways to explore all the show has to offer through expanded networking options.”

Coverings 2018, open from May 8-11, features exhibitors from more than 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world. Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER),Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies, LLC.

For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events Strategies LLC, Coverings Show Management, at 703-539-5504.