Informa Exhibitions reported significant attendee growth at The International Surface Event (TISE) 2016, a signal to the industry that positive growth is in store for 2016-2017.
Total attendance grew 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.
With nearly 700 exhibiting companies, the show floor was comprised of over 400,000 net square feet of exhibit space, show floor features, education and training space. The combined facility space surpassed nearly a million square feet for TISE attendees to peruse. Of the 700 exhibiting companies, 178 were first-time exhibitors, offering new products and services to the industry. Making a splash return onto the show floor were brands such as the Mohawk Industries, Karndean and Armstrong.