Surfaces experienced a 5% increase in international attendance from the 2000 show. Of the total international attendance, 55% were from Canada; 19% from Europe; 13% from Central/South America; 8% from Asia; 4% from Australia and New Zealand; and 1% from the Caribbean, Middle East and Africa.
Surfaces 2001 also proved to be successful in drawing attendees from all over the United States. Of the total U.S. attendance, only 29% came from the Pacific region, 17% from the Mountain area, 22% from the Midwest, 16% from the Mid/South Atlantic and New England, 9% from the South and 7% from South Central United States.
Surfaces’ international growth isn’t just limited to attendees. More and more international exhibitors are showcasing their products at Surfaces. Of the 898 exhibiting companies that showcased their hard and soft surface products at the show, 137 were international companies—a 44% increase over the previous year. A total of 39,183 visited the booths of these domestic and international exhibitors, which covered 516,553 net square feet of exhibit space.
“The message is clear: Attendees and exhibitors from around the world recognize Surfaces as the ‘must attend’ event,” says Michelle Troop, Surfaces show director. “We are very pleased to see this global growth and expect the international representation at Surfaces 2002 to be even more substantial.”
The Surfaces Show is owned by Hanley-Wood, LLC. Hanley-Wood is the leading business-to-business information provider in the residential and commercial construction industry. Founded in 1976, Hanley-Wood grew to $141 million in 2000. Hanley-Wood, LLC is owned by VS&A Communications Partners III, the private equity affiliate of media industry merchant bank Veronis Suhler.