COVID fears force virtual WAHC dates

In the interest of health and safety the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) Board of Directors has made the unanimous decision to host the 2021 World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) in a virtual format.

Following the announcement that the PHTA has pulled the plug on the ‘live’ plans for WAHC 2021 it has been revealed that industry experts, speakers, and attendees will have to go online instead of making plans to travel to Texas. This year’s format that was due to take place in Houston in October will now be presented as an entirely virtual event from December 7 to 9.

PHTA President and CEO Sabeena Hickman has divulged that a survey of prospective and potential attendees highlighted that there was growing concern about an in-person event being staged due to cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 continuing to rise.

“PHTA surveyed registered and potential attendees and speakers to understand attendee sentiment regarding WAHC,” reported Sabeena Hickman; “The results of these surveys showed that the audience’s risk tolerance was rapidly diminishing for an in-person event.

“So, due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and the danger of the Delta variant, we felt it was in the best interest of our speakers, attendees and sponsors to move to a virtual format once again.”

The PHTA has announced that all current registrations for WAHC will automatically transfer to December’s virtual event, which will offer 36 on-demand educational sessions that attendees can now flexibly view online when they wish. All sessions will be available for 30 days after the event, giving attendees time to earn the maximum amount of CEUs.

Alex Clamp

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