For the first time since 2012, the International Pool-Spa-Patio Expo is headed back to The Big Easy, where attendees will be welcomed with round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live music and spicy cuisine.
Taking place Nov. 2-4 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Expo is expected to draw more than10,000 pool and spa professionals, making it among the largest industry events of the year.
At the forefront of the expo is a unique educational conference where attendees will have plenty of opportunities to learn proven strategies to increase their company’s profitability and productivity. Because in addition to more than 60 seminars and 250 hours of course selections, the show features rigorous APSP, CPO, and NPC certification courses, executive-level business training, unparalleled Genesis landscape-design seminars, as well as casual showroom floor talks.
It’s truly a once-a-year opportunity to learn best practices and the latest technology from some of industry’s most respected experts. The conference portion of the show takes place Oct. 30-Nov. 4.
This year, the conference is divided into six educational tracks, including retail, service, builder, commercial, general business and outdoor living. In addition to regular seminars, free education is also being offered on the showroom floor, including Hayward School of Business, Commercial Education, Genesis Lifestyle Program, and Splash Talks – informal 20-minute talks about hot topics affecting the industry. While these courses are free to registered attendees, advanced registration is required, so be sure to inquire for more details.
The show floor is huge, divided into distinct pavilions to make it easier for attendees to access what they are looking for through focused areas within the expo. This includes the Commercial Pavilion, the Casual Furniture Marketplace, the Genesis Design/Build/Landscape Pavillion, Hayward School of Business and a Product Showcase section.
With more than 525 manufacturers and suppliers, the expo portion of the show covers the complete outdoor experience, with vendors showcasing everything from furniture, appliances and barbeques to construction materials, pool chemicals, pumps, filters and heaters.
The expo’s welcome party will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. at Generations Hall. Originally built in 1820 as a sugar refinery, the venue boasts artwork of prominent artists depicting New Orleans’ rich history with jazz music. The party will provide an opportunity to mix with friends and network with industry experts while enjoying snacks and cocktails. Be sure to register for the event, which is free for conference registrants and $60 for those registered for the expo only. It sells out every year!
Thursday’s festivities include the BBQ bash, taking place across the street from to convention center 5:15 to 7:15 pm. at the SugarMill courtyard. Attendees will get to sample chicken, ribeye and hamburgers cooked on grills featured at the expo. Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, or soda while listening to local music. Admission is free but advanced registration is required.
Needless to say, the French Quarter is always open, particularly for those who enjoy the city’s sultry nightlife, so help yourself to a hurricane, and let the fun begin!
For more information on the numerous seminars and venders or to register for the International Pool Spa and Patio Expo, go to www.poolspapatio.com.