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US TRADE STAYS
‘optimistic’ in Vegas
Swimming Pool News reports from the three day
Nevada trade show where the US trade worked
hard to give itself a lift ahead of a new trading
year – and put behind it the worries of 2008
hey came to find new products to
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help lift an industry battered with
the effects of the worst year’s
trading the US specialist trade has
known for two decades and more.
If ever there was a time to lift the spirits of
the trade then the three day International
Pool/Spa/Patio Expo at the Mandalay Bay
Convention Center in Las Vegas was surely it.
Almost 650 manufacturers showed their
product ranges in a show which clashed on
the calendar with Europe’s biggest show of
the year – the Piscine event in Lyons, France.
Visitors reported that the emphasis of
the show was optimism and innovation.
An APSP (Association of Pool and Spa
Professionals) spokesman said: ”Despite
the current economy, manufacturers and
representatives in the trade are trying to
remain optimistic. There seems, here at the
show, to be an emphasis on products and
parts for pools and spas that might be an
initial investment but will save money in
the long run.
“Others are environmentally-minded,
and there are several that can be used by
DIY enthusiasts who are good learners
and listeners.
“I think the trade has turned up for
these three days willing to find a way out
of the tough times. We all know there
won’t be as many pools built in 2009. We
all know that we have to help dealers kick
start the hot tubs business. Even so there’s
VISITOR COMMENT: “I THINK YOU’VE
a lot of good things going on. I think
specially the trade has reacted well to the
GOT TO CREDIT THE SPA COMPANIES
emphasis on renovation and repair rather
than new pools. There are also some great
WITH WORKING HARD TO FINE TUNE
new top end spas on the market.”
With energy-efficient, sustainable and
SOME OF THE LUXURY SPAS TO GIVE
environmentally friendly pool/spa
maintenance, equipment and construction
US DEALERS SOMETHING TO TALK TO
growing in demand, there was a record
number of eco-friendly products on show –
CUSTOMERS ABOUT. I ESPECIALLY
while most manufacturers added diversity
to product ranges rather than launched
LIKED THE LA SPAS STAND”
anything sensationally new.
“You have to look hard but there’s a lot
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