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Shows Roundup We look at what’s on and where over the coming months AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST POOL AND SPA TRADE SHOW HAS A NEW HOME After a decade at Jupiters, this year Australia’s SPLASH! Pool and Spa Trade Show will move across the road and be held in a bigger, single hall at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) which has 30% more floorspace than the previous show at Jupiters, which was the biggest ever Australian swimming pool and spa show. In April, the Show officially sold out of exhibition space, boding well for what the organisers expect to be the biggest and best SPLASH! ever. Being held on 17 and 18 August, the organisers are expecting 2,500 visitors to this year’s event. “The benefits to exhibitors include all being in one hall, with easier access and higher ceilings. For visitors it will also mean they can visit all the companies in one place and we are able to build meeting places on the show floor,” said Simon Cooper, Managing Director for organisers Interpoint Events. Interpoint has also released the extensive programme which includes marketing sessions containing valuable takeaways on reaching more potential customers, improving marketing efforts as well as step-by-step instructions on creating and 69-71_SPN_June_16_Shows_Roundup.indd 69

maintaining a social media presence. Additionally, as part of the extensive SPLASH! education programme, SPASA Australia and BioLab will host four education sessions and three workshops.

SPA & WET LEISURE EDUCATION STREAM TARGETS WET LEISURE VISITORS Off the back of a transitional 2015 event, LIW 2016 will feature six sector specific educational streams designed to bring in decision makers from all aspects of the leisure industry. Targetting the wet leisure industry, the Spa and Wet Leisure Education Stream will deliver comprehensive seminars and demonstrations on a wide range of topics such as: pool maintenance, safety, swimming classes, accessories and much more. Attendees will discover how to boost revenue and profitability from wet leisure facilities, drive down costs and fight the decrease in swimming numbers. To support the development of this world class educational programme, LIW are pleased to announce a new partnership with the STA to ensure the highest quality topics and speakers. UK Managing Director of LIW, Steve Orton commented: “We are determined to bring back the relevance of LIW to the wet leisure industry and we believe this partnership with

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the STA is integral to this. The STA bring a world renowned credibility and expertise to the event and we cannot wait to get started working with them to put on what will be an incredible event.” The STA is the world’s largest independent swimming teaching and lifesaving organisation, with over 8,000 members, and delivers the highest quality training across four key business areas – Swimming Teaching, Lifesaving, First Aid and Leisure Management. In partnership with STA, the Spa and Wet Leisure Education Stream will deliver seminars on effective programming for swimming classes, water treatment, health and safety, filtration and much more to provide delegates with the tools to save on costs and boost revenue. The Spa and Wet Leisure Education Stream is targeted at Swimming Coaches, Water Parks, Spas, Pool Designers, Swimming Pools, Gym Chains, Pool Maintenance Professionals, Engineers, Leisure Trusts and Councils.

A SUCCESSFUL MODEL CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY With a stable consumer climate, high renovation requirements and exciting trends, Stuttgart’s interbad exhibition couldn’t have chosen a better time to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The German and international pool and bath sector meets in Stuttgart on 27 to 30 September and months before its opening, the exhibition space is almost completely booked or reserved. Over 300 companies have booked their stands already and 55 of them are new exhibitors. Both exhibitors and organisers – the German Society for the Recreational and Medicinal Bath Industry (DGfdB) and Messe Stuttgart – expect a good financial year in 2016. The latest surveys show that the industry can justifiably look forward to an optimistic future and can reflect with pleasure on over 50 successful years of the trade fair. “What started back in 1966 as a small exhibition has turned into a large international trade fair for swimming pools, saunas and spas,” said Dr Christian Ochsenbauer, Managing Director of DGfdB. The exhibitors appreciate the outstanding, compact structure of interbad which is both a sales show and a marketplace for ideas. A large number of renowned companies

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