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  • Pkdata: Spa Sales on the Rise

    by Bil Kennedy July 2017

    Well, here is some overdue good news: The hot tub industry has experienced the first back-to-back double-digit increase in sales in 15 years. And, in fact, after nearly eight straight years of downturns and lethargy, the spa business has managed four consecutive growth years.
     
    What follows is a closer look at the composition of today’s spa owners.
     
    It's interesting to compare some of the characteristics that depict the base of hot tub owners across the country.
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  • Ready to Renovate?

    by AQUA Editors July 2017

    When renovating a pool, every product selection you make matters. From pool paints and coatings to decking and coping, your choices make an impact in aesthetics, safety and, most importantly for your customer's wallet, longevity. Here, we take a look at just some of the products in the renovation category.

    RELATED: Historic Restorations

     


    Jacuzzi Brands Acquires Hydropool

    by AQUA Editors July 2017

    Jacuzzi Brands has made two new acquisitions: Hydropool Hot Tubs and Swim Spas, a leading industry manufacturer, and BathWraps, a leading supplier of bathware sold through premiere remodeling dealers in the U.S. Terms were not disclosed.

    “We are extremely excited about the addition of both Hydropool and BathWraps to our existing spa and bath businesses,” says Bob Rowan, CEO Jacuzzi Brands. “Both companies are complementary to our core business and are led by exceptional management...

  • The Hot Tub Health Movement

    by Scott Webb July 2017

    We've read the studies. We've used the product and seen the benefits for ourselves. But the vast majority of potential hot tub customers in North America have not — they remain either unaware or unconvinced that hot tubs offer tangible health benefits and should be central players in the wellness movement.

    Infomercials, magazines and bookstore shelves are devoted to practices and substances that adherents believe make them healthier — from yoga to organic vegetables. And yet spa...

  • July 2017 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors July 2017

    Looking for ways to revitalize your showroom or make your job easier? This month's new products roundup has a little bit of everything, from trendy outdoor living products to new building products and service tools.

    The Service Program
    The Pool Service...

  • Time for Tech: P/S Industry Software Roundup

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    For today's pool and spa professionals, the key to continued success comes down to one word: efficiency.

    Saving time on the job can open up a number of opportunities — the chance to sell more products or clean more pools, to look for new customers, or just to knock off a little early and relax.

    For all those reasons and more, there's a growing market for software products specifically for pool and spa pros. Inventory management, service route generation, emailed invoices,...

  • Registration Opens for International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    Registration is open for the 2017 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, which returns to Orlando, Fla., for the first time since 2014. The exposition, sponsored by APSP, will be held November 1 to 3 at the Orange County Convention Center. Pre-show conference begins October 29 with extensive educational offerings throughout the duration of the show days.

    The largest exposition of its kind in North America, the 2014 event attracted 11,103 total attendees and 552 exhibiting...

  • Free Marketing Training Offered at 2-Day Online Conference

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    Interested in learning more about modern marketing strategies and how they can help your small business thrive? Pool and spa retailers, builders and service pros are invited to attend the Local Business Marketing Summit, a free two-day online event for local business owners June 27 to 28. Hosted by the Local Marketing Institute, a...

  • Testing the Waters

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    {bglink 5076}The most essential part of pool care is a tricky matter: water chemistry. While homeowners often take those sparkling blue waters for granted, any pro knows there's a lot of work that goes into keeping things perfectly balanced. (And sometimes, even some detective work, too.)

    Making that job easier is the wide range of water testing devices on the market, ready to become your sidekick on the job. Here, we take a look at just a few options, their features and...

  • Chicago's Hottest Bar is a Hot Tub Bar

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    If you're going to be in the hotel business (or any business, for that matter), you'll always face the same dilemma: "What can we do to bring in more people?"

    Some hotels create conference space while others create alluring restaurants that attract locals and provide a new revenue stream, but ACME Hotel Company in Chicago's River North neighborhood had a different idea: Take the basement hot tub and turn it into the city's latest exclusive bar.

    Bunny Slope, as it's called,...