Record numbers attend the 2014 SPLASH! Pool and Spa trade show
The largest ever SPLASH! Pool & Spa trade show was held on the Gold Coast on 16 – 17th July. At opening, the event had a record number of pre-registered attendees, and many more registered throughout the two day event. A wide range of visitors attended, including landscapers, retailers and pool builders, service technicians, wholesalers, distributors, architects, sports and aquatic centres, government, construction managers and engineers.
More than 2000 visitors had the chance to see 105 exhibitors and attend educational sessions. Visitors also had a number of networking opportunities including the SPASA Alliance welcome reception, the largest gathering of the wet industry around the award winning Jupiters pool and the inaugural SPASA Australia National Awards night. The golf day, sponsored by Lo-Chlor, finished the week with Steve Rae from Malibu Pools taking home the exciting prize of a trip to Vegas to compete in the World Shootout Championships in 2015. SPLASH! would also like to thank its valued sponsors AstralPool , Bioniser and Eagles .
Standout sessions in the SPLASH! education program included a demonstration of the latest technology in solar panels from Ernest Gavery at Solazone, and a discussion on increasing sales of swimming pools hosted by Cal Stanley. Once again the site visits were a popular option for visitors to see the latest innovation, and this year included a visit to the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre which is not yet open to the public.
Congratulations to the four winners of the Seadoo Scooters, thanks to Underwater Australasia, Dave Kirby (AVP), Mike Rippon (AstralPool), Michael Geddes (Poolwerx) and Steve Brown (Jim’s Pool Care).
SPLASH! has received positive feedback from exhibitors, who experienced a high number of enquiries and were extremely happy with the quality of attendees.
Planning for the next SPLASH! show is already underway, with a number of exhibitors confirmed for Piscine SPLASH! Asia 20-21 May 2015, Singapore and SPLASH!NZ in Auckland from 21-23 June 2015.