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ITALIAN SHOW
TEENAGE DEATH IN
NEWS IN BRIEF
SWITCHES TO
Canadian hot tub
THAILAND SPARKS
manufactures drop in
BOLOGNA number
Forumpiscine, the second
SAFETY FEARS
As in the United States the
Italian International Pool & number of Canadian spa/hot tub
Spa Congress and Expo – will manufacturers continues to
move to Bologna and will and draining systems. decline, falling from 13 in 2008 to
take place on Thursday 25 “I am sure there is much more 11 in 2009.
February to Saturday 27 that can and needs to be done The latest market analysis also
February 2010. in terms of greater safety shows that exports of hot tubs
After the success of the precautions,” he said. from Canada has dramatically
first event in Verona, which The teenagers father, Jim dropped last year from 10,600 to
attracted 5,000 visitors from Clark, dived into the outdoor 5,100 a fall of 61%.
the pool sector, the event will whirlpool to try and save Nathan Five of those companies sill
be re-launched next February after the alarm was raised but manufacturing hot tubs will
in a strategically chosen could find no trace of him. continue to produce 85% of the
location, giving back to The death of a 14 year old Nathan’s body finally emerged in spa/hot tubs manufactured in
Bologna the role of being the British schoolboy who drowned the pool’s pump room. Engineers Canada. Until the market picks up,
Italian capital of pools. when he was sucked into a opened a water gate there and manufacturers will continue to sell
The success is also linked to pool’s pumping system while the body spilled out as Nathan’s through non-traditional retailers
Formclub, the International looking for his lost goggles, has father looked on. and other outlets in an effort to
Congress & Expo for Fitness, sparked off fresh calls for more The tragedy was maintain production levels and
Wellness and Aquatic Clubs stringent controls worldwide on compounded for the family penetrate tight markets.
now in its 11th year, pump whirlpool safety. because lifeguards at the pool Although the Canadian economy
supported by Italian consumer Nathan Clark, 14, was lifting a at first refused to believe their is seeing some signs of recovery,
magazine Piscien Oggi. grille at the bottom of the pool in pleas for help and accused them the US market is being predicted
Organisers are planning to a Thai water park before of ‘playing jokes’. They said such to fall even further. Canadians
introduce a high quality disappearing into the pipe below. an accident was impossible also believe their exports still
lecture and demonstration A spokesman for the Bangkok because the grille, which was a have further to fall as tough
programme to help with the health department said that yard under the surface, was trading conditions in Europe will
development of the Italian more stringent safety rules were locked. They finally agreed to impact on export sales
specialist pool and spa trade. needed around the world check the pump room more forspecialist spa manufacturers.
For more information visit because swimming pool than 30 minutes after Nathan However, from a retail
www.forumpiscine.it managers were ignoring the was swept into the powerful perspective, the Canadian spa
huge force involved in whirlpools water pumping system. market should stabilise by the
third quarter of 2009.
‘HEALTHY POOLS HEALTHY BODIES’ CONFERENCE THEME
From ‘dumpster’ to
The theme for the 2009 World include pool operators, aquatic understand and solve key swimming pool
Aquatic Health Conference in coordinators and managers, issues,” explained Thomas A New York company’s plan to
Atlanta, Georgia, on October aquatic training specialists, Lachocki, of the NSPF. convert discarded skips into
28-30 is “Healthy Pools, health officials, marketing and “Partnering with world- swimming pools has been the
Healthy Bodies” .The sales managers, service leading organisations brings rage of the summer and now,
conference will be in companies, manufacturers, recreational water onto the the owners want to expand their
partnership with the National academicians, educators, world stage recognising our business nationwide. The
Environmental Public Health engineers, consultants, and pool role as delivering and company’s name is Macro-Sea
Conference, the Agency for operators. Seminars that focus protecting public health,” he and it’s run by a man named
Toxic Substances & Disease on drowning, injury, and illness added. The National David Belt. Belt and his partners
Registry and the National prevention, emerging new Swimming Pool Foundation “borrowed” the idea, lining old
Environmental Health technologies, aquatic health was founded in 1965 and dumpsters with plastic, filling
Association. The conferences benefits to mitigate chronic gave back $3.5m of all them with water and adding
will be held at the Sheraton illness and aquatic programming revenue in the past five years water-filtration systems. They
Atlanta Hotel. The WAHC, is will be featured again. “These to fund grants to prevent figured that since there aren’t
the leading global aquatic conferences will help bring illness, injury, and drowning many places to swim in New
research organisation. Those government, academia, non- and to demonstrate the York and since the city is laden
attending the conference will profits, and industry together to benefits of aquatic activity. with dumpsters, why not give it
a try? The company hopes to
open its first repurposed
shopping centre in Atlanta,
CANADIAN SHOW GETS READY
ideally with dozens of pools in
the parking lot that visitors can
The Place Forzani convention at this year’s event, which will held at the Sheraton Laval,. The rent for the day. “The water’s
centre in Laval, Que., will be the take place on 4 to 5 November. ceremony will acknowledge amazingly fresh, for swimming in
site of Salon Splash, the annual The show will offer attendees the winners of ‘Win Your Pool or Spa’ a dumpster,” said Alexis Bloom,
trade show for Quebec’s pool chance to see the latest contest, along with recipients of a documentary filmmaker after
and spa industry, run by innovations in products and the ‘Dealer of the Year’, doing a few laps. She compared
L’Association des commerçants services offered by more than 50 ‘Salespeople of the Year’, it favourably to the pool at Soho
de piscines du Québec. More exhibitors. Highlights of the event ‘Exhibitor of the Year’ and ‘New House, a country club.
than 500 attendees are expected include the gala awards evening Product of the Year’ awards.
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