Photo courtesy Informa Exhibitions U.S.
Photo courtesy Informa Exhibitions U.S.

"Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them." -- Russell H. Conwell, author

That saying can certainly apply to the American backyard. There is, after all, no need to travel to some exotic locale when everything you need to relax and de-stress from modern life is right here in the backyard. The pool’s shimmering invitation to come on in is irresistible; the chaise lounge and hammock encourage folks to rest for a spell; and the barbecue grill practically begs to cook up something delicious.

No wonder people are getting into backyard living more and more.

For pool and spa professionals who want to assist them in attaining that lifestyle, the way is clear. On Nov. 10-12, the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo returns to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Two pavilions boasting merchandise of particular interest to backyard living enthusiasts will be the Outdoor Living Pavilion and the brand-new Casual Furniture Marketplace. Booths within these pavilions will offer myriad products to help homeowners turn any backyard into an outdoor retreat.

Expo organizers offer these pavilions with industry professionals’ bottom lines in mind. “It is our goal to see the entire pool, spa and outdoor living industry grow and succeed,” says show director Tracy Garcia, CEM, with Informa Exhibitions U.S. of Irving, Texas. To that end, organizers have been expanding the pavilion aspect of the Expo each year.

Let’s take a closer look at each of the backyard-oriented pavilions.

Outdoor Living Pavilion

Last year, it was called the Backyard Living Pavilion. Regardless of what you call it, this is the biggest pavilion, due in large part to increased exhibitor interest. This space sports a variety of products, from barbecue grills and waterfeatures to outdoor billiard tables, pool equipment, fencing and more.

“This segment is the fastest-growing in the industry,” Garcia notes, “so our team has been able to get ahead of the curve and secure some of the top names in this expanding market.”

Casual Furniture Marketplace

This pavilion is a newcomer, and several factors came into play for that to happen. “It came about because 25 percent of our attendees expressed interest in this segment, so we felt this was a great way to meet the needs and interest of this industry segment,” Garcia explains. In addition, she says the team monitored industry growth trends and determined that this, too, is a very fast-growing segment.

Approximately 50 percent of these exhibitors are new to the Expo. As expected, outdoor furniture dominates, but the exhibitor list also includes makers of related outdoor products.

Speaking of exhibitor lists, they are growing daily. Below are the exhibitors (with their booth numbers) who were signed up at press time; the lists are expected to expand the closer we get to the 2015 PSP Expo. For more info, visit the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo website. .

Outdoor Living Pavilion

303 Products/Gold Eagle Co., 4116
Acoustic Research, 4214
Amantii Electric Fireplaces, 4821
American Gas Log, LLC, 4526
Arachnid 360, 4414
Arbors Direct Inc., 3829
Aupa Plancha Grills, 4624
Backwoods Smoker, 4117
Bali Outdoors by Shinerich, 5024
Bandai Namco Amusement, 3724
Big Green Egg Inc., 4225
Big Mouth Inc.4014
Bradley Smoker, 4618
Breezer Oasys, 4524
Challenger Designs, LLC, 3923
Christmas/Nite Time Décor, 4230
Dynatrap Insect Trap, 4629
Easyturf, 3821
Fire Magic Grills, 4217
FireDisc Grills, 3726
Fontana Forni U.S.A., 4830
Forshaw, 4417
Frankford Umbrellas, 4429
Global Outdoor Concepts, 3929
Hearth Products Controls, 4026
Imperial/H. Betti Industries, 4029
Jerith Manufacturing Co. Inc., 4730
Kamado Joe, 4826
Legacy Billiards, 3727
Louisiana Grills, 3826
Memphis Wood Fire Grills, 4315
Merritt International, 4630
Modern Home Products Corp., 4329
Overstock Stone, 3729
picniclights, 4522
Plancha Grills, 4523
Primo Ceramic Grills, 4016
RAM Outdoor Décor, 4521
Rustic Wood Fired Ovens, 4114
Saber Grills, LLC, 4221
Shanghai Eason Group, 4729
Sugatsune America Inc., 3824
Summerset Professional Grills, 3921
Sunheat International, 4118
The Outdoor Great Room Co., 3818
The Outdoor Plus, 4718
Traeger Pellet Grills, 3921
Trex Pergola, 4725
Vision Grills, 4721
Voxx Accessories Corp., 4214
Z-Lite Inc., 4229

Casual Furniture Marketplace

All Weather Billiards, 4432
C.R. Plastic Products Inc., 4232
Flash Furniture, 4532
Grosfillex Inc., 4236
Peak Season Inc., 4435
Vermont Cedar Chair Co., 4336
Vivere Ltd., 4736