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SPATEX, RICOH ARENA, COVENTRY

SHOW REVIEW

SPATEX Comes Of Age In Style!

SPATEX 2017 featured in excess of a hundred top quality exhibitors drawn from the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers

The water leisure community from the UK and further afield recently converged on the UK’s Ricoh Arena in Coventry for a bumper 21st anniversary edition of SPATEX. With an action packed three day Show, including a lively networking ‘coming of age’ party, it proved to be a trip well worth taking By Jon Wadeson

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ell known throughout Europe and increasingly further afield as the go-to show for water leisure in the UK, SPATEX attracts all involved in the provision or operation of water leisure facilities including leisure operators, local authorities, leisure centres, hoteliers, health clubs, spa owners, architects, animal hydrotherapists, schools and many more. “SPATEX has been the UK’s leading annual wet leisure show for 21 years so this year’s show was a celebration of a milestone,” said

SPATEX Organiser, Michele Bridle, who has herself been part of exhibition’s success story for 17 years. The show has traditionally been held from Sunday to Tuesday but in a new departure, the three-day show opened this year on a Tuesday. It was a move that was warmly welcomed by exhibitors and one that was well received with visitors, who arrived in their droves each day. It is a format that looks likely to stay with mid-week dates for 2018 already announced for Tuesday 30 January to Thursday 1 February.

Michele added: “A mid-week slot brings the Show into line with our fellow European partners. It gave the exhibition a whole new professional feel and with visitor figures pretty much level pegging with last year’s record breaker, when we saw a 28% increase on 2015, it appears to be a formula that works for everyone.” Cath Saunders, Marketing Manager of Certikin International commented: “We had a very successful show from start to finish with lots of new leads to follow up. We are already looking forward to next year.”

Plastica celebrated 45 years with a stand which was packed full of products

Alpha Industries were one of a number of companies who were exhibiting saunas and wellness products

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