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HOT TUBS IN THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR

Hot Tub Solutions For Holiday Parks And More Over recent years, hot tubs have enjoyed huge success in a variety of commercial environments and have become must-have pieces of kit, especially at holiday parks, rental cottages and lodges around the UK. With their inclusion often now seen as standard in these settings, manufacturers have been quick to produce a number of sector specific solutions to make ownership easier, and we take a closer look at just some the options By Jon Wadeson

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o longer to be found only in domestic settings, hot tubs are now appearing in a variety of other locations. Owners of sports clubs and leisure facilities have added them to their facilities for the active whilst proprietors of holiday destinations have seen them as great additions to enhance the vacation experience and provide a place for guests to relax. They’re increasingly popping up at events and festivals too! UK based lodges, cottages and holiday parks in particular have embraced hot tubs over recent years and after Wi-Fi, hot tubs are the most requested item from customers researching holidays destinations of this type online. Research also suggests that with the introduction of a hot tub, premiums of up to 40% can be added to the overall price of a holiday. And in addition to this premium, occupancy rates greatly improve too. With statistics like these, it is no surprise that hot tubs have performed well in the sector and are adopted by increasing numbers every year. A number of considerations have to be taken into account when it comes to maintaining models in business settings though. Their operation should be in accordance with the latest Health & Safety Guidance – HSG282: The control of legionella and other infectious agents in spa-pool systems – something which there is more information on within this feature. Operating methods, costs and durability also have to be considered too but thankfully, manufacturers have been quick to produce a number of models and technologies specifically for a sector where a hot tub needs to be particularly robust, easy to maintain and cost effective to operate. With numerous solutions on offer, in this issue, we take a closer look at just some that are being used within the sector. Especially designed and commissioned for the commercial market, the Imperium 282 is one of four models launched by Hot Tub Suppliers in 2019

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HOT TUB SUPPLIERS’ 282 COLLECTION SIMPLIFIES OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT The 282 range of hot tubs is designed and equipped with all the features required for a safe and successful hot tub experience for both guests and management. For 2019, Hot Tub Suppliers launched four models especially designed and commissioned for the commercial market: the Olympus 282, the Baron 282, the Imperium 282 and the Orbis 282. A commercial hot tub has to feature all the specification of a luxury hot tub with added features to ensure owners and operators remain totally in control of the hot tub and any HSG 282 requirements. Hot tubs in the 282 collections are reliably sanitised via an inline chemical feeder which has been designed with a patented performance valve that operates on cue, responding accurately to each adjustment with its wide range of settings. Chemical dosing is vital to keep the hot tub sanitised and free of bacteria for safe use by the guests. The top control panel also has minimal functions to restrict the user to basic

operations (jets and lights). A second, complete management control panel is hidden within the cabinet of the hot tub with a lockable cabinet to ensure safety. From experience, Hot Tub Suppliers know a restricted top panel will eliminate user errors and keep the hot tub in peak condition. A Wi-Fi receiver is connected to the hot tub to enable each to be BWA (Balboa Water App) enabled. This enables remote control of the hot tub and gives management maximum control. The Balboa App is free to download and is available for smartphones via the app store. Wi-Fi, management control panel and automatic feeder are all concealed behind the hot tub cabinet with a lockable door again to eliminate outside disturbance.

BOWMAN – HEATING HOT TUBS IN AN HOUR For commercial holiday parks, hot tubs have become the ‘must have’ guest attraction. They are one of the most searched for facilities when guests make bookings and industry research suggests that providing hot tubs attracts more visitors, provides a better financial return and lengthens the season for visitors. However, hot tubs do have a downside during guest change over periods. Staff have only a few hours to drain, clean, refill and heat the tubs prior to new guests arriving. And after tiring hours travelling to their destination, the first thing guests want to do is jump into their luxurious hot tub! The problem is that most hot tubs use electric heaters that only heat water between 1°C and 2°C per hour. So even when pre-filled with 30°C water, it could still take around four hours or more to have them ready for guests. An alternative solution comes from Bowman, who have developed a heat exchanger for hot tubs. It enables the tub to be heated from an external boiler, such as

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SPN (Swimming Pool News) June 2019  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...

SPN (Swimming Pool News) June 2019  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...