2014 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo makes a splash in Orlando

Nov. 5-7 show draws 11,103 attendees

2014 PSP ExpoThe 2014 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo drew 11,103 attendees and featured 1,486 booths representing 552 companies.
DALLAS – The 2014 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo made a splash as it returned to Orlando for the first time in seven years Nov. 5-7, bringing the region a display of industry products, education and networking opportunities.

This year’s PSP Expo drew 11,103 attendees from across the country and around the world. Attendees experienced a 148,600-sq.-ft. exhibit hall packed with brand new industry product launches, innovative show floor features and a line-up of on-floor events. The PSP Expo’s conference program, prize giveaways, celebrity appearances and many other new show features added to the additional success of this year’s event.

The 2014 PSP Expo exhibit hall featured a display of water, technology and equipment in 1,486 booths representing 552 companies. Coast Spas unveiled the first-ever infinity edge swim spa. Marquis Spas displayed the power of its spa equipment as the “official hydrodynamic performance consultant” to the first-ever Carpool Coupe DeVille, a display in its booth.

Exhibitors such as Kelley Technical Coatings, Pleatco, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and others celebrated their business anniversaries, scholastic success and the uniqueness of special professionals with events on the show floor that highlighted the strength in time and commitment to the industry. The show floor also featured two new areas, the Commercial Pavilion and APLD Designer Landscape Pavilion.

Attendees of this year’s PSP Expo had an opportunity for learning through the APSP and Genesis 3 pre-conference offerings and more than 250 hours of PSP Expo conference sessions, as well as through a new network of on-floor education features. 2014 was the first year for the Commercial Education Classroom, located on the show floor at the expo. These classes were free to attendees as part of the inaugural year launch of the commercial expansion of the PSP Expo.

In addition to the already popular on-floor Genesis 3 Lifestyle Program and Hayward School of Business education classes, the 2014 PSP Expo also featured Splash Talk Networking Lounges that offered social media and backyard living learning opportunities.

“It was a pleasure to host the professionals who attended from around the country and globe,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, show director. “Thank you to our attendees, expo sponsors and partners, the exhibitors and to all participants, for making 2014 another incredible showing for the industry.”

The Welcome Party, sponsored by the APSP International Awards of Excellence, rocked the house at B.B. King’s Blues Club on opening night. At sunset on Thursday, attendees poured into the Hot Spot, right off the show floor, to enjoy Saber Grills’ BBQ specialties and complimentary beverages from Strong Spas. The show wrapped on Friday with the new Pool PRIZE Party, sponsored by Passion Spa and hosted by the stars of the hit Animal Planet show “Tanked.” Thousands of dollars in prizes including a trip to Las Vegas to attend the 2015 PSP Expo, $3,500 cash and a Passion Spa were given away to attendees present at the event.

The 2015 expo returns to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas from Nov. 10-12, with the conference taking place Nov. 7-12.

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