Hot tub brands on home turf

Hot tub and swim spa manufacturers that have been proving a hit in the British and European markets will be appearing on home turf this week at the 35th edition of the Canadian Pool & Spa Conference & Expo.

CanadianPoolSpaConferenceExpologoCoast Spas Manufacturing and Hydropool will be following up attendance at recent exhibition outings, including the International Pool Spa Patio Expo in Las Vegas, to exploit home advantage in the host venue of the Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Both companies have gained considerable sales in the UK and will now turn their attention to their native market during the two-day exhibition on December 2 and 3 to highlight their flourishing stables of hot tubs and swim spas, which have achieved 2015 WhatSpa? and WhatSwimSpa? Best Buy Award-winning credentials.

The largest annual event serving the $1billion Canadian industry and market is sponsored and organised by the Pool and Hot Tub Council of Canada that is also hosting its four-day Conference, running until December 3, in tandem with the exhibition.

Among USA manufacturers at the exhibition will be Marquis and Tuff Spas. They have also achieved WhatSpa? and WhatSwimSpa? accolades this year while celebrating success in the British market.

After attending last year’s Canadian wet leisure showcase, Coast Spas hit full throttle and ramped up hot tub and swim spa production to full capacity to meet the growing demand from international dealerships ahead of landing a 2015 WhatSpa? Best Buy for the eight-seater Mirage Curve Elite to add to its previous accolades from the consumer magazine.

The flourishing manufacturer also launched the Wellness Infinity as the world’s first infinity edge portable swim spa to build on its swim spa stable that includes the 2014 WhatSwimSpa? Best Buy Award-winning Wellness II model, which it will be promoting during the exhibition.

Coming in at 408 x 229 x 135cm with a non-float lounger among the three seats adjacent to the swim area, the unique design feature of the Wellness Infinity is the infinity, or vanishing, edge; which the Canadian manufacturer has successfully incorporated in its popular Cascade Series of hot tubs, including the 2015 WhatSpa? Best Buy Award-winning seven-seater Luxury Cascade II that has received successive recognition in the £12,000+  price category.

Following promotion of the brand to British trade and consumer audiences at the recent UK Pool & Spa Expo in Birmingham and Ideal Home Show Christmas exhibition in London in November, Hydropool will also be looking to exploit home advantage within close proximity to its Canada headquarters.

During the UK Pool & Spa Expo the Ontario-based manufacturer announced that British hot tub market specialist David Wright, known as ‘Hot Tub Dave’, would be taking on the new role of Territory Development Manager UK & Ireland for both the Hydropool and LazBoy Spas brands.

Passion Spas, for which David has previously helped to increase awareness in the UK, will also be attending the exhibition to promote its hot tub and swim spa ranges that have gained a considerable foothold in the European market and have also been launched in the USA.

The Holland-based company has ramped up its production this year and is aiming to increase its international presence even further as part of major expansion plans.

After attending the UK Pool & Spa Expo and SPATEX at the start of the year, Marquis will round up its successful appearances at high-profile exhibitions, including Aquanale in Germany and the International Pool Spa Patio Expo in Las Vegas this year, with an appearance at the Canadian exhibition to promote its thriving USA manufactured product lines.

These include the WhatSpa? Best Buy Awardwinning four-seater Spirit and five-seater Ultimate Epic. The iconic brand will also be highlighting its Aquatic Training Vessel (ATV) design that has received global exhibition exposure this year and has gained its first WhatSwimSpa? Best Buy Award in the 2015 edition of the consumer magazine.

Along with two outings at successive International Pool Spa Patio Expo wet leisure showcases, Marquis has also gained high-profile trade publicity for the ATV by teaming up with six-time Ironman World Champion Dave Scott, the First Inductee to the Ironman Hall of Fame, to provide online exercise guidance for ATV owners with a dedicated SwimSpa Training section on its website.

Tuff Spas will also be among the neighbouring contingent from America aiming to make progress in the Canadian market after gaining their first ever WhatSpa? Best Buy Award this year for the TT650 model. The company has also signed an extension to an exclusive distributor agreement with Spa Crest Europe during the International Pool Spa Patio Expo in Las Vegas.

The Tuff Spas models, which are synonymous with extreme durability and unique integrated cover lifters, made a quick impact with UK retailers after being launched this year to the British market at SPATEX by Spa Crest Europe Managing Director Tony Welsby, who is lining up promotion for new Tuff Spas models at the 20th anniversary edition of SPATEX at the end of January.

The 2015 Canadian Pool & Spa Expo exhibitors, with stand numbers, include: BioLab 208, Bullfrog Spas 331, Canadian Chlorine Chemistry Council 702, Central Spa & Pool Supply Ltd 629, CLM Distribution Pool & Spa Products Inc 816, Coast Spas Manufacturing 735, Consolidated Pool & Spa Industries 521, Covana 738, Del-Ozone 800, Dolphin Fiberglass Pools 16, Fix-A-Leak 6, Fox Pool Canada 410, Guardian Pool Fence Systems 911, Hayward Commercial 10, Hayward Pool Products 400, Highbury Pools 522, Home Port Water Testing Systems 231, Hydropool Hot Tubs 809, Imperial Pools 818, Jacuzzi by Carvin 316, LaMotte Company 412, Latham Pool Products 608, Leisure Pools & Spas Manufacturing North America127, Lonza 531, Marquis Corp 112, National Swimming Pool Foundation 319, Nirvana Heat Pump 309, Passion Spas 128, Pleasure-Way Pools 321, Pleatco 829, R.B Control Systems 628, Spa Dolly 835, Tuff Spas 916, Viking Pools 8, Waterway Plastics 801, and Zodiac Pool Systems 500.

Opening hours of the exhibition are 10am to 5pm on Wednesday, and 10am to 3pm on Thursday.

As in previous years specialist wet leisure courses will be running during the event include the Hot Tub/Spa Service and Maintenance Short Course on December 2 from 1pm and 2:50pm.

On Thursday, December 3, as part of the popular Hot Topics – Hot Breakfast lively round-table discussion session. Roland Goodfellow of LinerWerx will be moderating the Retail Operations: How to Compete and Flourish session from 9am to 10:15am.

New for this year’s event will be the Industry Party in the Dragonfly Nightclub, directly across from the Hilton Hotel & Suites, on Wednesday, December 2. It is scheduled to run from 8pm to midnight.

Entry is by pre-paid wristbands that must be obtained from the PHTCC Registration Desk at the Scotiabank Convention Centre no later than 3pm, Wednesday, December 2.

The inaugural Industry Party will follow the Design and Construction Awards Presentation ceremony on December 2, recognising achievements in forty different categories, which will take place from 5:45pm to 7pm and also include the Industry Achievement Award.