Hot tubs now regularly feature on the wish list of holiday makers looking to book a range of holiday accommodation from cabins, lodges and chalets to some of the more luxurious ‘glamping’ packages at holiday sites throughout the UK and Eire.
What a difference a year makes. Now a distant memory, the outdoor show season last year was a wash out with several shows cancelled under a deluge of torrential downpours that turned show fields into precarious mud rings.
They promoted it as the event you cannot afford to miss. Lyon Piscine and Aqualie 2012, two benchmark exhibitions for swimming pool and spa professionals certainly lived up to that billing. Simply put, the Lyon exhibition event is the biggest and most important global show for the combined pool and spa sectors. It brings together 600 exhibitors, 1,000 brands from 90 countries and in the region of 18,000 visitors to Lyon. Traditionally, the first opportunity to see new developments in Europe, the combined Piscine and Aqualie 2012 events are also an exceptional opportunity to explore the latest key trends in the pool and spa markets.
A leading hot tub equipment supplier has warned of the dangers of selling spa components directly to the general public, fearing the consequences including inevitable fatalities. Ray Desmond, the co-founder of Spa Euro, one of Europe’s leading trade suppliers, says the spa and hot tub industry is sitting on a ticking time bomb because of the lack of regulation.
Oozing infectious enthusiasm, the effervescent Conrad Bos clutches a packet of frozen peas as he welcomes me to the Bosta UK headquarters in Suffolk, writes Christina Connor.
“This is to remind us of the importance of Ps,” enthuses Conrad, Bosta’s UK managing director. “P for people; p for product and p for proper planning – we all
need to remember the peas,” he smiles.
After several false dawns; the sun appears to be perpetually shining
on the UK Jacuzzi hot tub division, writes Christina Connor.
With total sales, last financial year, of around 850 hot tubs;
figures for the first six months of their latest financial year, show
Jacuzzi UK sustaining a 46% sales growth.
Water companies that are about to impose a hose pipe ban in drought-affected areas of England, are misleading pool and spa businesses and their customers about the ban’s potential impact. Advice, being given by the water authorities themselves, that hot tubs cannot be filled after April 5, is both misinformed and factually incorrect. Contrary to advice being issued, hot tubs and the filling of newly constructed swimming pools are not affected by hose pipe bans.
USA Swimming has announced a partnership with Master Spas, one of the largest portable spas, hot tubs and swim spa manufacturers in the country
POOL AND SPA SCENE EXCLUSIVE REPORT
European and North American spa and hot tub manufacturers
could be wiped out within 18 months by Chinese-sourced pirate
copies of their designs on sale at knock down prices.