Home' Splash Magazine : SPLASH Feb-Mar 2016 Contents UK Pool & Spa has been
re-branded and is now
called the Hot Tub Living
Expo. The two-day show
for the world of wet
leisure will be held on
October 24 and 25 at the
NEC in Birmingham, UK.
After four editions of UK
Pool & Spa Expo the or-
ganisers decided to focus
on the sectors which are
showing most growth and
innovation in Britain: the
rise of the hot tub market
and the ancillary market
including water treat-
ment, accessories, garden
furniture and gazebos.
Registrations are now
open for the largest ded-
icated pool and spa trade
show in the region, the
newly relocated SPLASH!
Pool & Spa Trade Show at
the Gold Coast Conven-
tion & Exhibition Centre
on 17 to 18 August 2016.
Piscine Middle East (pre-
viously held in Abu Dhabi)
is moving to the Dubai
World Trade Centre on
17-19th September 2016,
with a show dedicated to
pool and spa designing,
building and renovation. It
will be co-located with the
Spatex was recently held
in Coventry, UK, with
a reported increase in
visitor numbers up by
28 per cent. BISHTA and
SPATA MD Chris Hayes
says the show exceeded
out much earlier than
expected, leading to it
expanding in size. This
was the third event held in
Coventry. The next event
will be held on January 31
to February 2, 2017.
The SPASA Victoria Pool & Spa + O utdoor
Living Expo was held in February with consumers
taking advantage of the good weather to turn up in
More than $250,000 had been allocated towards
marketing, with SPASA saying this was the largest
promotional spend for an Australian consumer
show in history.
“ We are highly satisfied with the event again
this year,” says SPASA Victoria CEO Brendan
Watkins. “So many of the stands in the exhibition
have been outstanding and the general atmosphere
was very positive. The excellent visitor figures and
members reporting of quality leads demonstrate
that the industry is flourishing.”
New at this year’s show was the Outdoor Living
Design Hub, where consumers walked away armed
with tips and advice to get their project under way.
Australian rules footballer Campbell Brown and
Australian champion netballer Madison Robinson
completed a head-to-head swim spa sprint chal-
lenge to raise money for Kidsafe, with Robinson
taking the final honours.
Victoria consumers took advantage of the
good weather to check out the expo
Victorian consumer show grows
The National Energy Productivity Plan (NEPP)
was released in December by the Council of Aus-
tralian Governments (COAG) Energy Council,
aiming to improve Australia’s energy productivity
by 40 per cent between now and 2030, bringing us
closer to other similar developed countries.
Improving Australia’s energy productivity can
boost Australia’s competitiveness; help consumers
manage their energy costs; and reduce Australia’s
greenhouse gas emissions.
Swimming pool pumps have been identified as
an area of high energy use and since 2010 there
has been talk about mandatory efficiency labelling
of pool pumps through the Equipment Energy
Efficiency (E3) Program.
At present, swimming pool pump labelling is
still voluntary as part of the E3 Program’s Volun-
tary Energy Rating Labelling Program (VERLP)
commenced in 2010 to assist consumers identify
the most efficient pumps on the market and build
industry capacity in areas such as test procedures.
However, to date manufacturers have included only a
small proportion of pumps in the voluntary program.
The Department of Industry, Innovation and
Science anticipates beginning industry consulta-
tion on the proposals in February. SPASA Aus-
tralia is establishing a technical committee to liaise
with the department.
New move for mandatory
SPLASH! will be partnering with Aussie Aquatics
(formerly Swim Australia) to host Australia’s
first International SwimDisABILITY Fest on
Thursday 18 August 2016.
“Aussie Aquatics recognises the great potential
for people with disability to participate in all
aspects of this great activity and is committed to
inclusion,” says Ross Gage, CEO Aussie Aquatics.
“People with disabilities should have the
same opportunities to swim as everyone and
SPLASH! 2016 will have a special focus via an
International SwimDisABILITY Fest for swim
schools and teachers and a display of swim
disability equipment, to support swimmers to
learn and improve.”
Also included in the SPLASH! program are
several SPASA government accredited work-
shops focused on leadership, human resourc-
es and selling skills, as well as the popular
SPLASH! education program over the two show
days, covering a range of topics including water
maintenance, water quality, water chemistry,
energy challenges, marketing tips and sales
Fest co-locates with SPLASH!
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