Coverings announced the official opening of its annual search for the best, new "great ideas" for the 2004 edition of the world's largest exposition of ceramic tile and natural stone to be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., March 23-26, 2004. Cash prizes will be awarded for thoughts and suggestions on ways to make the international trade show more visitor and/or exhibitor friendly, according to Coverings organizers.

The 2004 great ideas grand prize winner will receive $1,500 for the best idea and $250 for each runner-up. The competition is open to all exhibitors and attendees of Coverings.

Judging of entries is based on three criteria: Will it increase the number of trade visitors who attend the show? Will it provide a meaningful new service or improve an existing service to visitors and/or exhibitors? Will it improve the Vision 2004 professional education conference?

Entries are not limited to length or number of ideas. Ideas should be submitted no later than November 30, 2003. Send to: Coverings 2004 Great Ideas Contest, 11940 US Highway One, Suite 200, North Palm Beach, FL 33408; by fax to (561) 776-7466; or by e-mail to