Hanley Wood LLC, owner of Aquatics
International, Waterpark Resorts Today,
Pool & Spa News, and the International Pool
& Spa Expo, recently purchased the AQUA Show.
AQUA Magazine was not part of the purchase and
will remain with Athletic Business Publications. Terms of
the deal were not disclosed.
?We?re buying a well-run, well-oiled
show,? said Rick McConnell, Vice President of
Hanley Wood Exhibitions. ?It is a glove fit with
the other shows that we offer? We feel that this
will further enhance the [industry].?
The announcement was made at the 2006 AQUA Show, which
took place Nov. 6 to 10 in Las Vegas.
The 100,000-net-square-foot event becomes part of Hanley
Wood?s Dallas-based Pool & Spa Group. It
will be led by McConnell, with day-to-day operations
managed by Director Donna Bellantone. With this purchase,
Hanley Wood now owns four pool and aquatics-related events,
including the Waterpark Resort Leadership and Development
Peter Brown, owner of Athletic Business Publications,
said the purchase bodes well for the show.
?We?d like to think we played a role in
raising the level of professionalism in the
industry,? he said.
McConnell said that the new ownership will benefit
exhibitors and attendees as well. ?We can now
better time the events and coordinate the schedules to
ensure that conflicts won?t happen,? he
said. ?There are some unique strengths surrounding
each show, which we recognize.?
In addition, he says, the acquisition provides
possibility for IPSE to build equal amount of training and
educational in the commercial and residential markets.
For 2007, the AQUA Show will run as planned, Nov. 14 to
16 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. In the meantime,
organizers will gain feedback from exhibitors and attendees
to help determine future scheduling.
The WRLD conference and IPSE are scheduled for late
November 2007 in Orlando.
Washington, DC-based Hanley Wood, LLC, founded in 1976,
is a business-to-business media network serving North
America's residential and commercial construction
industries. The exhibitions division operates 16 trade
shows, including World of Concrete, one of the top 20 trade
shows in the United States.