Around 320 companies from 25 countries are heading to Cologne this month for the 2019 Aquanale event that promises to showcase a swimming pool load of innovations and latest product updates. For the first time, aquanale is bringing together the full range of products and services for the pool, sauna and wellness sectors under one roof. In particular, the public pools segment, which was previously part of the co-located FSB, will be integrated into aquanale, thereby uniting the private and public pools segments under one ‘brand umbrella’. The event occupies Hall 6 and around 40 per cent of the neighbouring Hall 7, clearly structured into the six familiar theme worlds: public pool facilities, swimming pool technology, private swimming pools, saunas & spas, private spas, and green living.
As in previous events, the International Swimming Pool and Wellness Forum delivers the content framework between the questions and topics from the private and public pool sectors. Economic sustainability is therefore also on the agenda of the International Swimming Pool and Wellness Forum, the trade fair’s congress programme. The focus here is on the selection of suitable operator models for public facilities. However, future industry trends will also play an important role, as well as the challenges brought about by an ageing society, growing urbanisation, increasing individualisation and the effects of climate change.
The subject matter and contents of the forum, which will be of equal relevance to all industry target groups, will be overseen by the German Association for Swimming Pools and Wellness (bsw) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS). The European Waterpark Association (EWA) together with Koelnmesse GmbH will be presenting a special exhibition entitled 96º, which will focus on new attractions for sauna and wellness landscapes in leisure pools and thermal baths. The special aqua fitness event area in Hall 7 will present the latest developments in different forms of the sport, including sports activities that are offered in public swimming pools but are seeing rising demand from private swimming pool owners who want to use their own pool for a targeted fitness and endurance training programme.
Cologne, 5 – 8 NOVEMBER 2019