Significant increase in visitors numbers in aquanale 2019

Increased attendance of foreigners too

Significant increase in visitors, full aisles, good business and increased internationality: on Friday 8 November 2019, aquanale 2019 - International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool and Ambience, closed its gates after four days and with excellent results.
Together with FSB - International Trade Fair for Public Space, Sports and Leisure Facilities, with which it was once again co-located, aquanale recorded a significant increase in visitor numbers (+6 per cent), with this year's figure up to 28,000 from 128 countries.

Forum aquanale 2019

Aquanight aquanale 2019

Aquanight 2019

"The reorganisation of the range of themes and the associated integration of the 'public pools' segment under aquanale's brand umbrella has provided an additional boost. With aquanale's increased international character and the rise in visitor numbers, the trade fair has reached new heights and underlined its importance for the international pool and wellness sector in impressive fashion," comments Matthias Pollmann, Vice President of Koelnmesse, with satisfaction.
Visitors had the opportunity to discover the innovative strength of 281 exhibiting companies from 31 countries.

Companies from the pool, sauna and wellness segments showed many innovations

They demonstrated their wide range of products and services with a vast array of innovations, which were met with great interest from the visitors.
"The extraordinary potential and innovative strength of the industry is a key factor in aquanale's success. Everyone who wants to be successful in the pool and wellness sector comes to face the competition in Cologne. The visitor quality is thus also correspondingly high, because the decision makers meet at aquanale," sums up Dietmar Rogg, President of the German Federal Association for Swimming Pools and Wellness (bsw), aquanale's conceptual sponsor.

A Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool and Ambience increasing its international character

The trade fair duo of FSB and aquanale recorded a substantial growth in visitor numbers this year, with the figure rising to 28,000 (+6 per cent). The events also saw a significant increase in terms of the internationality of the trade visitors, with the proportion of visitors from outside Germany rising to 67 per cent (2017: 62 per cent). The trade fairs recorded especially significant rates of increase in trade fair guests from Belgium (+22 per cent), Italy (+19 per cent) and the UK (+16 per cent). A rise of 37 per cent was recorded from eastern Europe. Growth from outside Europe came in particular from Central and South America (+46 per cent) and Asia (+17 per cent).

Germany's largest sauna trade fair in 2019

Sharp increase in saunas'exhibitors 

Nearly all of the market-leading companies from Germany and abroad presented themselves at aquanale 2019. Especially noteworthy was the sharp increase in exhibitors in the sauna segment, making Cologne Germany's largest "sauna trade fair" of the year.
In total, 105 companies showcased products for the sauna segment, with 13 businesses travelling from Finland alone to exhibit in this key area.

Stand Sauna aquanale 2019

SAUNA stand

Stand Sunspa Aquanale 2019

SUNSPA stand

The large number of visitors ensured a high level of satisfaction among the exhibitors. The suppliers were also very positive about the degree of international interest and the visitors' level of decision-making authority.
This is also confirmed by the initial results of the visitor survey: 88 percent of visitors are involved in purchasing decisions. There was also praise for the event from the visitors themselves. A total of nearly three quarters of visitors were satisfied with their visit to the fair.
78 percent of respondents stated that they had succeeded in achieving their goals at aquanale in Cologne.

The International Swimming Pool and Wellness Forum very well attended

As at previous events, the International Swimming Pool and Wellness Forum formed the link between the private and public pool sectors and looked at the questions and topics under discussion in both. The forums and talks were very well attended on each day of the trade fair.
Issues in the spotlight included commercial sustainability considerations when selecting suitable operating models for public facilities.
Future industry trends also played an important role, as well as the challenges brought about by an ageing society and growing urbanisation.
The content and subject matters addressed in the International Swimming Pool and Wellness Forum were organised and staged by the German Federal Association for Swimming Pools and Wellness (bsw) and IAKS (the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities).

Foruminternational Piscine et Bien être aquanale 2019

The best of the pool industry in Europe rewarded

The tremendous international significance of aquanale for the industry was also reflected in the fact that associations and institutions used the event as a perfect venue for presenting prestigious awards. The EUSA Award (European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations), the EWA Marketing Award, the IAKS Award (sports, exercise and swimming pool) and the Golden Wave Award (Schwimmbad & Sauna magazine) were presented this year at aquanale.


aquanale 2019 in figures: 281 companies from 31 countries exhibited at aquanale 2019 across a gross exhibition space covering 24,500 m² .
These included 124 exhibitors from Germany and 157 exhibitors from abroad.
The share of foreign exhibitors was 56 percent. Around 28,000 trade visitors from 128 countries came to the trade fair duo comprising of aquanale and FSB.
International visitors accounted for 67 per cent.

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