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. 

Set along the Massachusetts coast on the Lower Cape of Cape Cod, Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club offers a dazzling variety of amenities and attractions for groups. For starters, the 429-acre property has two distinctive sides: The upscale Mansion, originally built in 1912, offers 121 premium guest units, ranging in size and style from a 480-square-foot guest room to multilevel two- and three-bedroom villas. Meanwhile, The Villages Villas, with 216 guest rooms, including 1,400-square-foot villas, puts guests in the heart of the sprawling property.

 

Anchorage is a city like none other—making it a popular choice for hosting meetings and events.

Through the tall windows of the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, meeting attendees can gaze out toward Cook Inlet, which stretches all the way to the Gulf of Alaska and toward mountains—some snow-capped—representing several ranges. They may even see an eagle fly by or see one of the 1,500 moose that are said to roam Alaska’s largest city. It’s easy to see why it’s said that Anchorage is a city like none other in the United States.

 

 

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.