At aquanale, you'll find everything for private, hotel and public pools
Outdoor living is the trend of our time, and this plays into the hands of the pool and wellness industry. A pool in the garden makes your home's open-air area a pool garden. Outdoor furniture designed with relaxation in mind, barbecue stations and lighting elements round off the feelgood atmosphere in the open air.
The international trade fair for sauna, pool and ambience, which is taking place in Cologne on 5-8 November 2019, also offers much more. Exhibitors from Germany and further afield present products for both private and public pools - including the hotel scene.
Minimalism, yes - but pomp too!
Minimalist facilities and restrained design dominate the pool and wellness world. "Timeless elegance in lavish architecture" is an accurate description of the mainstream of pool and wellness facilities. But where in the past subtle colour concepts were the rule, one can now confidently say that colour is making a comeback.
The products don't force you to choose between beauty or practicality. They fulfil their function without neglecting aesthetic aspects. Installation components made of stainless steel are just as much a part of this as swimming pool covers in the form of stylish rollers or even as wooden decking that can be used as a terrace.
Green and holistic
Taking swimming pool covers as an example, it is clear that great importance is attached to responsible use of resources in the water and wellness industry. Thermal pumps, solar absorbers and variable pumps are further examples of products that respond to our heightened awareness of environmental issues and cater to the growing demand for energy-efficient solutions.
Rather than regarding pool, house and garden as separate elements, emphasis is put on a holistic vision. Outdoor living - where the pool in the garden is transformed into an open-air wellness lounge rounded off with stylish garden furniture, appropriate plants, alluring fireplaces, luxury barbecues and sophisticated light design.
Trend topics on the congress programme
Economic sustainability is therefore also on the agenda at the International Swimming Pool and Wellness Forum, the aquanale trade fair's congress programme, where the subjects covered include the selection of suitable operator models for public facilities. The congress also explores future trends relevant to the industry, among them the challenges of an ageing society, of increasing urbanisation, of intensifying individualisation and of the effects of climate change.
In addition to information on all aspects of the revised European swimming pool norm EN 15288 and the European EN 16582 and EN 16713 regulations, there is also a blog for swimming pool staff and interesting insights into verbal and nonverbal communication.
Prizes and practical examples
The prizes awarded as part of the International Swimming Pool and Wellness Forum are also important. The IOC (International Olympic Committee), IPC (International Paralympic Committee) and IAKS (International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities) present the winners of the 2019 international architecture prizes for outstanding contribution in the planning and operation of buildings for sports, leisure and relaxation.
EUSA (European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations) will highlight Europe's most beautiful privately used swimming pools with its EUSA Awards.
Figures and satisfaction on the German Pool market
With more than 2 million privately used pools, France is Europe's biggest swimming pool market, followed by Spain with around 1.5 million. In Germany there are around 800,000 privately used pools and around 5,000 public ones. Boosted by growing health consciousness, a low-interest-rate policy in Europe that makes investing in private property an attractive option, and - driven by demographic development - growing demand for gentle forms of exercise, the swimming pool and wellness industry can look to the future with optimism.
Expertise and customer service
Specialist swimming pool construction companies are offering more and more services from a single source, why companies are joining forces across value-added steps to form networks of excellence, and why more showrooms or "pool gardens you can touch" are opening their doors.
The trade fair duo of aquanale and FSB turn the fair grounds in Cologne into the most important location for the public and private swimming pool sector and the themes of amenity area planning and design, sports facilities and playgrounds, sports equipment, exercise areas and recreational facilities.