Updates regarding COVID-19

July 2, 2020

International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, co-located with DeckExpo, Has Safety Protocols for 2020 Edition in Las Vegas 

As the Industry Has a Record Year, We’re Rolling out the Informa AllSecure Framework to Ensure Your Safety at the Event.

Your team at the PSP Expo/DeckExpo is looking forward to seeing you this November at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas!  

With your health and safety in mind, we will follow a newly developed set of strict measures developed by Informa, which produces the event.

The PSP Expo/DeckExpo may appear a bit different, as we'll be employing Informa AllSecure. It’s a set of standards developed by Informa, which produces more than 500 large-scale branded and transaction-oriented events in addition to PSP Expo/DeckExpo.

Informa AllSecure employs the highest standards of safety, hygiene, cleanliness, and quality for operating events. These recently published measures are in addition to advice from government and local authorities, which we’ll be following to safely host the PSP Expo/DeckExpo. It’s also in addition to the seven-point safety plan recently published by our host venue, Mandalay Bay. Mandalay Bay’s parent company, MGM Resorts, is currently requiring that guests wear masks inside public spaces.

For a health and safety-minded event, we’re planning to adopt, at a minimum, the following standards from Informa AllSecure:

  • Enhanced cleaning: Public, high-traffic areas of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center will undertake enhanced, deep cleaning before, during, and after PSP Expo/DeckExpo. We’re working with the venue to ensure the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness. This includes continuous sanitization throughout the course of an event, with a focus on high-touch areas such as door handles, restrooms, and food and beverage areas.
  • Non-contact registration: We’ll have a system that facilitates non-contact registration and badge pick-up for participants.
  • Limited physical contact: We are requesting that participants avoid physical contact, such as handshakes and embraces, promoting alternative ways to greet business partners. The exchange of printed materials, such as business cards and sales brochures, is discouraged, with digital alternatives recommended. In fact, exhibitors can use their Media Package to upload videos, PDFs, and more to their listing. 
  • First aid: All event participants will have access to a qualified EMT and a separate quarantine area. Participants will be asked not to attend if they are feeling unwell, and the show team will follow local health authority guidance on detecting and managing anyone who displays symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Adapted conference rooms & sessions: We’re revising seating arrangements and set-up in conference and meeting rooms, to enable greater space between seats. We’re also working on solutions to avoid the sharing of equipment, like computers and microphones.  

“We would not hold an event that we felt would risk the health or safety of our audience,” explained Ray Giovine, Group Director at Informa. “We do expect a more subdued event, but still one of high quality. We’re hearing from our exhibitors that they are having a banner year and want to carry that momentum through to 2021. And with the addition of DeckExpo, our attendees will have a more comprehensive selection of products and technology for outdoor living.”

 Commitments remain firm for several key manufacturers who use the event to meet these builders, retailers, and service technicians.  

“The response to AllSecure from our customers has been largely positive, instilling confidence we are making the right decision,” said Giovine. “We look forward to being the first event to bring the industry back together, close out an impressive year in 2020, and to kick off the 2021 outdoor living season.”

Registration details and information on obtaining exhibitor and/or sponsorship information are available. Registration will be live for attendees in mid-July, with exhibitor registration to follow a few weeks after. In the instance the event is canceled as a result of COVID-19, attendees and exhibitors alike can be assured the following flexibilities:

  • Exhibitors will choose to be refunded or have their payment applied to the 2021 event in Dallas.
  • All conference and expo registrants will be fully refunded. 
  • If hotel accommodations are booked through the show’s official vendor, OnPeak, participants will receive a full refund.

Those with additional questions regarding Informa AllSecure are encouraged to reach out to Megan Magaña, Senior Marketing Manager for PSP Expo/DeckExpo, at megan.magana@informa.com.

Attendees may also visit the COVID-19 Resource Center for the very latest information pertaining to updates surrounding these measures.

About Informa AllSecure
Informa AllSecure is Informa’s approach to enhanced health and safety standards at our events following COVID-19. Informa collaborated and coordinated with trade show industry association partners including UFI, AEO and SISO, other organizers including Reed Exhibitions and Clarion, venue partners, suppliers and contractors; as well as with a range of health, government and local  authorities, to develop the AllSecure best practice guidelines and standards that raise the bar on delivering safe, hygienic, productive and high-quality organized event experiences. 

June 5, 2020: Previous statement updated to include information about Informa’s AllSecure initiatve. 

There WILL be an International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo this year, and we’re working diligently to deliver an impactful and engaging event that will include new technologies and digital opportunities. We want to do what is best for our customers. We are speaking with our community partners daily to assess what the right decision is for them, and that will be the leading decision-maker.

We are beginning conversations with Mandalay Bay on safety protocols, and are continuing to work to ensure we have a productive event. We will be following the appropriate health and sanitization measures as advised by the CDC, and state or local governance. Our aim is to organize the event with the highest levels of hygiene and cleanliness throughout, which means working with our partners and vendors to ensure the space is clean, well-ventilated, and high-touch areas are regularly disinfected. While we will be encouraging our participants to wash their hands regularly and wear face masks; our staff will be adhering to the same guidelines.

The International Pool I Spa I Patio Expo will be organized in accordance with Informa’s AllSecure health and safety standard. As the world’s leading events’ organizer, Informa has developed a detailed set of enhanced measures to provide the highest levels of hygiene and safety at our events, providing everyone with reassurance and confidence they are participating in a safe and controlled environment. We’re planning to take numerous actions, which could include spacing out chairs and tables, mask distribution, contactless badge pickup, and a no-handshake policy among others, all aligned with local and global guidance. We’ll also have hand sanitizing stations throughout the area.

We’re looking forward to gathering with our industry’s leaders to respond to the impacts of this unprecedented time.

 


May 26, 2020

There WILL be an International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo this year, and we’re working diligently to deliver an impactful and engaging event that will include new  technologies and digital opportunities. We want to do what is best for our customers. We are speaking with our community partners daily to assess what the right decision is for them, and that will be the leading decision maker.

We are beginning conversations with Mandalay Bay on safety protocols, and are continuing to work to ensure we have a productive event. We will be following the appropriate health and sanitization measures as advised by the CDC, and state or local governance. Our aim is to organize the event with the highest levels of hygiene and cleanliness throughout, which means working with our partners and vendors to ensure the space is clean, well-ventilated, and high-touch areas are regularly disinfected. While we will be encouraging our participants to wash their hands regularly and wear face masks; our staff will be adhering to the same guidelines.

We’re looking forward to gathering with our industry’s leaders to respond to the impacts of this unprecedented time.


March 17, 2020

The PSP Expo team is continuing to closely monitor the developments of the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, through the advice of public health authorities. We wish to reassure our visitors, customers, and colleagues their health and safety is always the top priority.

At this time, there is no direct impact to the event. However, as this situation is continuing to evolve, we do have a contingency plan in place. Our attendees and exhibitors can be reassured PSP Expo is going ahead as planned. Registration will open this summer, and it’s entirely business as usual for this important industry event.

We continue to follow all safety advice and precautions as recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) in addition to the Nevada Department of Health who are monitoring COVID-19. Attendees are recommended to maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene.

For questions, please reach out to: 

Megan Magaña 
Senior Marketing & PR Manager, PSP Expo
megan.magana@informa.com