Already weakened by the combined impacts of the economy and the weather, the spa sector is facing its severest challenge yet, warns Stephen Weller, one of the founder members of the UK and European spa trade. “The spa and swimspa market is saturated with the industry currently out-performing double glazing and time share sellers in questionable sales techniques and dubious claims,” says Stephen. “The internet is expensive for legitimate companies while used by the worst rogue traders and this will not change while major consumer shows, in the past enjoyed by many companies, are now a sales monopoly for one supplier,” Stephen continues.
Back garden hot tubs have been named for the first time among the top 10 causes of ‘garden rage’ in an annual survey BBC’s Gardeners’ World magazine.
The Hydropool UK team is celebrating record-breaking sales at a mammoth Ideal Home Show, topped off by a royal visit to their
prominent hot tub and swim spa stand by HRH Prince Charles – who officially opened this year’s event – officially the UK’s number
one consumer show.
Making his second visit to Ideal Home in concurrent years, the Prince of Wales met Hydropool UK’s managing director Jonathan
Bunn asking about the business; its products and its history as well as Jonathan’s opinion on the economic climate and future
Described as the most luxurious method of relaxation available with revolving scenery, an Hot Tub Boat provides a unique, one-of a kind, recreational activity by combining a standard hot tub and a classic boat design.
The idea was conceived by Adam Karpenske of Karpenske Marine Carpentry in Seattle, Washington. After several cold, rainy
winters living aboard a wooden boat, he decided an Hot Tub Boat would make a perfect addition to his live-aboard home and a possible tender.
Still in the ‘soft start’ phase, the goal is to have a rental fleet operational on Lake Union, Seattle, by the end of May this year while bespoke orders for purchase are now being taken.