2018 Industry Gala Awards Evening

People are calling it the ‘Oscars’ of the Wet Leisure and Wellness Industry!

Everyone is talking about the 2018 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards

The 2018 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards have been held during the Industry Gala Evening on Tuesday 30th January, at the Ricoh Arena, in Coventry during SPATEX.  Hosted by BISHTA and SPATA, the event has now become the most prominent and longest-running awards and networking event in the industry.  These well-established awards are the UK’s number one wet leisure industry accolades, with the first SPATA awards presented in 1978 and the first BISHTA awards introduced in 2008.  The two award ceremonies were rebranded in 2015.

This year’s event was made even more special as members of the European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations (EUSA) including Mille Örnmark (EUSA President) were guests of the British Swimming Pool Federation (BSPF), to host the European Pool & Spa Awards. The gala dinner also saw the re-presentation of the ISPE 2017 awards, overseen by the ISPE’s President, John Cheek.

The BISHTA and SPATA awards were presented by Alex Kemsley (BSPF President and BISHTA Chairman), Will Dando (BSPF Vice President) and Richard Carrington (SPATA Chairman) with help from a number of category sponsors. The special guest of the evening was British former track and field athlete, Sally Gunnell OBE DL. Sally remains the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth and she received a standing ovation from the audience.

The black-tie event had a ‘Vegas Spectacular’ theme and started with a drinks reception, as guests were welcomed by showgirls. A red carpet leading to a photo booth, and there was also a chance to have their photo taken professionally. There followed a three-course dinner, awards presentations and entertainment from the countries leading Rat Pack tribute band along with a disco until the early hours!

The British Pool & Hot Tub Awards provide a fantastic opportunity for the whole industry to come together, offering not only a great night but a chance to promote the awards far and wide. In business terms, it is a chance to network with industry peers, where new contacts and business relationships are begun, irrespective of whether diners are BISHTA or SPATA members.

Ultimately, the awards are an essential platform to showcase the best hot tubs, spas, swimming pools and wellness projects, raising the profile of the wet leisure industry (as a whole) driving awareness for UK consumers.