Date: 10 Feb 2016


With a staggering 28 per cent year on year increase in visitor numbers (many from the commercial sector) and well over 120 high quality companies exhibiting, the recently held 20th anniversary SPATEX 2016 Exhibition delivered on all fronts and has been lauded an Industry success story.

Widely acknowledged as the best edition to date, for three days the Jaguar Exhibition Hall at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena was a vibrant networking extravaganza, bursting with high tech stands displaying all the latest wet leisure innovations and products. Every sector of the wet leisure Industry was represented in all its glory, from saunas, steam rooms, swimming pools to spas and hot tubs and everything in between. A comprehensive double seminar programme was extremely well attended. Led by a stellar team of Industry experts, the seminars offered visitors a chance to update their professional skill for free and gain valuable CPD points. In fact, the event was nothing short of what you would expect from the UK’s number one wet leisure Exhibition with an impressive international standing.

Particularly rewarding was the significant increase in commercial visitors, many of these drawn from the hospitality and holiday sector.

“SPATEX 2016 surpassed all our expectations with a constant flow of high quality visitors throughout the duration of the Show,” says exhibitor Cath Saunders from Certikin International, whose comments are typical of those that have flooded into the SPATEX office since the Show closed. “We were particularly pleased to see a large commercial representation, particularly from the holiday park sector. SPATEX is easily the best way of accessing all that the UK wet leisure Industry has to offer.”

Delighted SPATEX Organiser, Michele Bridle says: “We pulled out all the stops to celebrate our 20th anniversary and the Industry handsomely rewarded us with exhibitor space sold out some two months early, but the visitor numbers exceeded even our expectations. Visitors flocked from both home and abroad, representing a huge cross section of disciplines and facilities - leisure centres, hotels, councils, schools, holiday parks, spas, animal hydrotherapy pools, to name but a few.”

Michele adds: “Far from resting on our laurels, it’s onwards and upwards for SPATEX! This year has proved to be a fantastic platform upon which to build SPATEX 2017, which we are planning to make even bigger and better. Watch this space for news of our landmark 21st.”

Diary Date - Don’t miss SPATEX 2017 - Tuesday January 31st to Thursday February 2nd - The Jaguar Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry CV6 6GE.