StoneExpo/Marmomacc Americas’ is sponsored by the Marble Institute of America (MIA) and the Natural Stone Council. The mission of the MIA is to promote the use of natural stone and be the world’s stone information resource. Membership is worldwide and includes over 1,750 natural stone producers, exporters/importers, distributors/wholesalers, fabricators, finishers, installers, and industry suppliers. Folks like Allied Stone Industries, Building Stone Institute, Elberton Granite Association, Indiana Limestone Institute, Marble Institute of America, National Slate Association, Natural Stone Alliance, New York State Bluestone Association and Pennsylvania Bluestone Association. So… not your usual stoner movie….
Full name? PPAI/UPIC, and already we’re in acronym heaven here. PPAI is the Promotional Products Association International, and UPIC means the Universal Promotional Identification Code. This year the show was almost double what it was in 2010 utilizing both upper and lower floors of the Mandalay Bay. Upper level housed the product pavillions “New Products”, “Made in the USA” and “Green” while down stairs were the rabbit warren like main floor. Mandalay Bay Exhibit Hall is not laid out so well. 1800+ exhibitors crammed into the hall with attendees rolling suitcases for schwag behind them. This show is partially people who sell promotional product lines to find new promos and buying groups like casinos who are looking for the newest giveaway for their contests.
Tiffiany displays her Tool Handling ability
Tile Making Demos
Clean and Green in 2009
View the Rest of the Show Photos over here.
Just a few pics of some after hours fun brought to us by the following Vendors @ the International Pool Spa and BBQ Show 2009:
Poolside Pong CWIC-Destination Water & Casual Living Magazine
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International Pool Spa and Patio Show 2008
These are some of the new and unique items we saw while at the spa show. If you want to see a bigger version, just click through. Thanks to all the companies that allowed us to photograph their products.
A robotic pool cleaner from Aqua Products
An organic way to clean both the pool and the air from Aqua Sun Ozone.
And by far my favorite new product was the Critter Skimmer.
it’s a device that you attach to your pool’s filer system. It has a spiral ramp that allows the small animals such as frogs, to exit your pool safely without dying. Of course that is assuming the frogs that jump into your pool have enough smarts to swim over to the drain to exit. Their website has a cute little video (not an Impact Movie, so it’s not THAT good) that shows the frogs exiting.
Formerly known as the Aqua show, the International Pool and Spa show is a great show to find what’s new in the outdoor arena for home owners. This is not a public show but is for trade only that caters to landscapers, contractors and retail showrooms.
Given the state of the economy and mortgage meltdown, it was good to see that many of the vendors, while had scaled back their staff, still showed up. Held at the Mandalay Bay Convention center, we had fun both at the show and at some of the vendor special events.
Here Tiffiany is discussing the advantages of having a pre-fab spa installed.