Fit for the future - aquanale and FSB strengthen the structures

The world's leading trade fair duo aquanale and FSB, International Trade Fair for Sauna. Pool. Ambience. and the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities, continues its success story. Both events are strengthening their core segments and getting ready for the future. Starting in 2019, the FSB pool area will be integrated into the aquanale and concentrated under one roof. This is the systematic further development of the themed worlds concept introduced in 2013. "The fair advisory boards of both events have unanimously followed our recommendation to combine the public and private swimming pool areas. Starting in 2019, the aquanale will show the complete range of the swimming pool, sauna and wellness industry in an internationally renowned event. The focus here is clearly on the wishes of our exhibitors and trade visitors," explains Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer, Koelnmesse. The chairpersons of the fair advisory boards of aquanale and FSB, Bert Granderath and Dr Stefan Kannewischer, emphasise in a joint statement the importance of this decision for the further development of the swimming pool area at the Cologne location: "The separation between the private and public swimming pool areas was quite a challenge for some exhibitors – these days, the boundaries in the industry are blurring – the concentration under the 'aquanale' brand clearly underscores this market development. This makes addressing our national and international target groups and industry partners easier."

As of 2019, aquanale will be located in Hall 6 and around 50 percent of the adjacent Hall 7 – clearly divided into the six familiar themed worlds. Trends for private swimming pool and wellness facilities with sauna and spa as well as innovations and management concepts for operators of public swimming pools, water parks and thermal baths will be shown here. The advantages are obvious: The national and international trade visitors from the areas of public swimming pools, water parks, thermal baths, swimming pool construction, hotels, architecture and planning firms as well as from the sauna, sanitation, heating and air-conditioning technology, spa and fitness sectors gain a comprehensive overview of the entire spectrum of products all concentrated in just two exhibition halls. Directly adjacent to the swimming pool themes in Hall 7 is the section for amenity areas/playground equipment, which is also an important and complementary segment for operators of public swimming pools and water park facilities. The "ice sports facilities" sports area, which was previously also presented in Hall 7, will be in Hall 9 in the future, making it the thematic focal point of FSB's "sports facilities". This focus on the core themed areas will provide significant added value especially for the national and international trade visitors when they come to Cologne.

In terms of content, this new structure will also provide further impetus through the wide-ranging support of all FSB and aquanale partner associations: the first example being the International Swimming Pool and Wellness Forum that will be implemented in collaboration with the conceptual sponsors of aquanale and FSB, the German Association for Swimming pools and Wellness (bsw) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS). Furthermore the European Waterpark Association (EWA) will expand the well-established, creative and sophisticated meeting point in order to offer its industry partners an additional presence. The Bundesverband Deutscher Schwimmmeister e.V. (German Association of Pool Attendants: [BDS]) will also motivate more than just the members to visit the trade fair in November 2019 with an attractive programme of expert talks and activities.

Koelnmesse – Global Competence in Furniture, Interiors and Design: Koelnmesse is the world’s top trade fair organiser for the areas of furnishing, living and lifestyle. At the trade fair hub of Cologne, the leading international fair imm cologne as well as the trade fair formats of LivingKitchen, ORGATEC, spoga+gafa, interzum and Kind + Jugend rank among the internationally renowned and established industry meeting places. These fairs comprehensively represent the upholstered and case furniture segment, the kitchen industry, the office furniture sector and outdoor living as well as the innovations of the furniture supply industry. Over the last few years, Koelnmesse has specifically added international fairs in the most important fast-expanding markets to its portfolio. These include CIKB in Shanghai, interzum guangzhou in Guangzhou and Pueri Expo in Sao Paulo. With ambista, the online portal for the interiors business, Koelnmesse offers direct access to products, contacts, expertise and events relevant to the industry all year round.

Further information is available at: http://www.global-competence.net/interiors/
Further information about ambista: http://www.ambista.com/

The next events:
spoga+gafa - The garden trade fair, Cologne, Cologne 02.09. - 04.09.2018
Kind + Jugend - The Trade Show for Kids' First Years, Cologne 20.09. - 23.09.2018
CIKB - The platform for the Kitchen Industry in China, Shanghai 10.10. - 12.10.2018

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Fit for the future - aquanale and FSB strengthen the structures

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