The trade event is expected to attract major companies in the industry. Preparations for the event are now underway and registration for entry has opened.
Organiser Gordon Thomas said: “There was a flood of people applying for entry via the AQUA website as soon as we opened up for registration, and that shows there is a real thirst for the show.
“Already we have seen a good uptake in stand bookings from leading companies, and we’ll be working hard over the coming months to ensure the aquatics and water gardening industry can reunite in the best possible way after such a challenging period.”
Almost half of the stand space has been sold as major firms have already started to sign up. These include: Aquadip, Aqua One, D-D The Aquarium Solution, Evolution Aqua/Bermuda, Fish Science, OASE and Seneye.
Stuart Bertram, sales director of D-D The Aquarium Solution, summed up the mood of exhibitors, said: “AQUA is the ideal environment to meet with all of our customers in a friendly and personal setting. The exhibition ticks all of the boxes for a well-run show, in a convenient central location, where we can showcase new products, meet new people or just sit down and chinwag with old friends.”
Andy Bond, of OASE UK, added: “AQUA is such a good exhibition because it gives retailers the chance to see all the new products first hand.”
Retailer Matt Hogg from Custom Reef Aquariums said: “AQUA is brilliant. It provides visitors with an opportunity to see what’s around and what’s coming up. It’s essential to attend this show and I never miss it.”
Simon Jenkins, of Ripples Waterlife, added: “It’s always great to get everyone from the trade together, and it’s important this happens every two years. I thought the 2019 show was a huge success and look forward to Aqua 2021.”