Niagara Falls, Ontario, was such a popular choice for host city
in 2011 that the Canadian Pool & Spa Conference & Expo is
returning on Nov. 26-29, 2012.
After years in Toronto, organizers had decided to
“freshen” things up a bit in 2011 and moved the show
south. Attendees and exhibitors were delighted, says Robert Wood,
executive director of the Pool & Hot Tub Council of Canada. And
attendance from the USA jumped substantially, to close to double
the usual number, he adds. “One of the reasons we went to
Niagara Falls was to attract new clientele, and we did. Now we want
to build on [that] success. ...”
Organizers expect at least 2,000 attendees and exhibitors to
converge on the Scotiabank Convention Centre and, if booth sign-ups
are like last year, there may be 265 booths in the
80,000-square-foot exhibit space.
The conference portion of the event is Nov. 26-29, starting with
an all-day CPO Course Monday-Tuesday. Plus, there are two Short
Courses (“How Water Chemistry Affects Customer
Satisfaction” and “Introduction to Hydraulics”)
General seminars begin Tuesday, covering everything from
pool/spa testing and the benefits of enzymes to natural
waterfeatures, saltwater pools, leak detection and more.
A number of new seminar topics are expected to attract
attention, Wood says. On Tuesday, watch for “Retail Store
Layouts,” “Retail Store Signage,” “Building
Concrete Pools and Walls with the Spider Tie Forming System,”
and “Identifying and Matching of Spa Support System
Then on Wednesday, there are “Targeted Communications:
Using Internet Social Networks to Grow and Strengthen Your
Business,” and “Project Management: Small Space Design
Also new for 2012 is “Hot Topics – Hot
Breakfast” on Thursday, 8:30-10 a.m., consisting of six
lively roundtable discussions.
The expo runs Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Nov. 29, 10 a.m.-3
Finally, the Industry Awards Banquet is Wednesday, also in the
convention center. The reception is at 5:30 p.m., followed by
dinner at 6:15. Honors being bestowed include the 2012 Design and
Construction Awards, Dealer and Supplier of the Year, and the
Industry Achievement Award.
More info: poolandspaexpo.ca; for city attractions, niagarafallstourism.com.