Floor covering industry professionals will walk among the bright lights of Las Vegas, Jan. 29-31, as Surfaces 2003 opens with more than 900 exhibiting companies ready to greet attendees and answer questions.
The show, sponsored again this year by Hanley-Wood Exhibitions and the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), will feature the newest products and services as a preview of what the coming year will bring to the industry. Exhibitors will utilize more than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space at the Sands Expo & Convention Center to spotlight a variety of new product introductions.
Surfaces will showcase the latest developments in carpet, area and Oriental rugs, hardwood and resilient flooring, ceramic tile, marble and stone, software and training support, and equipment, accessories and sundries.
Event organizers promise the participation of new exhibitors and manufacturers in every product category, as well a new NAFCD Distributor Sales Self-Study & Certification Program. Also, for the first time in Surfaces’ history, a Red Carpet opening night reception will be hosted at the Venetian Hotel.
The reception will take place after the first day of the show, Jan. 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The soiree is designed to offer floor industry professionals a chance to mingle and network with others in the industry. Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be available.
Two pre-show workshops are scheduled for Jan. 28, running for a duration of three hours each, to offer a focused and in-depth view of business essentials within the industry. Open seminar sessions will run concurrently during show hours. Many of the 40 seminars and workshops available can be used to qualify for the WFCA's new certification program, which includes the Certified Flooring Executive (CFE), Certified Flooring Professional (CFP) and Certified Flooring Salesperson (CFS) designations.
Also new this year, a laminate showcase showroom will offer showgoers a view of different design installations from the WFCA Installation Competition. The competition, which is cosponsored by both National Floor Trends and Floor Covering Installer magazines, is a national speed-and-skill challenge in which the winners of regional contests will be flown to Surfaces 2003 to compete at the national level. The competition will be an ongoing event on the show floor throughout the duration of Surfaces.