Yesterday, the 2015 Pool & Spa Show kicked off at the Atlantic City Convention Center. More than 11,000 attendees and 400 exhibitors are expected to show up.

“The Pool & Spa Show is one of the biggest events for our convention center and Atlantic City each year,” says Karen Totaro, general manager, global spectrum at the Atlantic City Convention Center. “The fact that the show is now in its 34th year is a testament to both the quality programming and exhibit floor they put together each year and the show’s longstanding successful relationship with Atlantic City. We look forward to hosting them for many years to come.” 

Local business are expected to benefit from the event with delegate spending predicted to be more than $9 million. As well, Convention Center visitors have contracted 7,885 hotel rooms throughout the week.

The show gives attendees access to the most up-to-date product and service innovations in the pool and spa industry. The four-day event will offer technical training courses and business seminars. 

 

The return of familiarization trips is one key sign that things are beginning to return to normal in our industry. In mid-June the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) hosted more than 40 meeting and convention planners for a three-day familiarity tour. Their stay included a visit to the Franklin Institute and world premiere exhibit Harry Potter: The Exhibition, evening reception on the Rocky Steps, and a watch party as Philadelphia was announced as a host city for the FIFA World Cup 2026.

 

If you’ve hosted meetings at the Javits Center or other venues in Manhattan, you know that there’s more than enough to do in the borough to easily keep attendees busy for days.

 

Pittsburgh may be known as The Steel City, but it has plenty of greenery, too, and opportunities for groups attending meetings here to get out in nature. The Pittsburgh CVB, which has the tagline “Only in Pittsburgh,” has proudly shared the news that the Great Allegany Passage was named a winner in the 2022 USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest for “best recreational trail.”