Photo: Informa Exhibitions U.S.
Photo: Informa Exhibitions U.S.

When you go to a trade show/conference, you expect certain things: Exhibit hall, check. Seminars, check. Networking opportunities, such as a welcome party or other activities, check. As show organizers well know, it’s a winning formula, a basis on which to build one’s own special show.

But what about pavilions?

At pavilions, exhibitors of similar products are grouped together in one area of the exhibit hall, giving attendees the ability to easily compare and contrast, and ask questions of multiple manufacturers who make merchandise in a specific product category. And, of course, seeing new items might spark ideas for revenue generators for your facility, or equipment that you could really use.

The International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo is big on pavilions. This event attracts thousands of aquatics professionals and pool/spa industry members annually. This year, attendees will find three pavilions in the exhibit hall at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Las Vegas on Nov. 10-12.

The Commercial Pavilion is the one that’s sure to be of interest to aquatics professionals. It debuted last year, and has been expanded for 2015.

Expo organizers include the pavilion because 40 percent of the event's attendees work in the commercial sector of the business. “So we developed this pavilion to meet the needs and interest of attendees and exhibitors,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, with Informa Exhibitions U.S. of Irving, Texas.

Products showcased in the Commercial Pavilion run the gamut, from chemical systems and commercial pool equipment to starting platforms, access and disability equipment, locker room products, SVRS’s, signage, shade structures and more.

Again this year, there will be a Commercial Education Area (Booth 5042) on the show floor, next to the Commercial Pavilion. Here’s the seminar lineup:

Tuesday, Nov. 10
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Energy Audit Training – Bringing Opportunities to Your Facility for Better Performance & Money Savings

2-3 p.m.
Model Aquatic Health Code

Wednesday, Nov. 11
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Heat Pumps Provide Energy Efficiency on Commercial Installations

2-3 p.m.
Healthy Water for Bathers & Pool Equipment Begins with Testing

Thursday, Nov. 12
10:30-11:30 a.m.
UV-C Water Treatment for Commercial Aquatics: Medium-Pressure and Low-Pressure UV-C

Here is the list of Commercial Pavilion exhibitors, along with their booth numbers, as of press time. For an updated show floor plan, visit the show website.

Alchemist International Ltd., 4646
American Leak Detection Inc., 4947
Beijing Leway Intl. Fairs Co. Ltd., 4545, 4546
Chlorking Inc., 4544
Financeit, 4748
LHT/Pool Stainless Steel Pool/Jacuzzi Eng. Co. Ltd. 4847
Lyon Financial, 4747
Magnadyne Corp., 4545
Millennium Buying Group, 4948
Modern Moulding, 5047
MP Industries Inc., 4547
Protect-A-Child Pool Fence Co., 4844
Prozone Water Products, 4643
Spectrum Aquatics, 4548
Stenner Pump Co., 4647
Swim-Crete Pool Products, 5047
Waterco USA Inc. 4743