Show with “everything aquatic under one roof” includes:
Educational seminars with industry experts, free Kid’s Aquarium Contest and more!
CHICAGO (June 8, 2015)—The World Pet Association (WPA) announced today that Blue Zoo Radio Host Frank Reece will be the keynote speaker at its third annual Aquatic Experience – Chicago, Nov. 6-8, 2015. The show is the first in industry history to combine everything aquatic under one roof—from saltwater and freshwater fish to pond and aquatic plants. Tickets for Aquatic Experience – Chicago at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center (1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL) are now on sale, including: weekend passes ($89 advance purchase rate by June 29) with access to the show floor, all seminars, speaker meet and greet, and keynote banquet; daily individual tickets ($10); daily family passes ($25); and Saturday dinner and keynote tickets ($60). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.aquaticexperience.org.
Keynote speaker Frank Reece will take guests on a quirky journey as he delves into the lighter world of social media. As the host of a show dedicated to all aquarists, Reece has interviewed industry leaders, best-selling authors, manufacturers, fish clubs and hobbyists. Reece will take attendees through the unique and often unimaginable sideshow that is the internet. From the ludicrous to the insane. There will be laughter and food to share as Reece explores the humorous side of a social media world gone mad. Some aquatics may apply.
Aquatic Experience’s educational seminars on hobbyist and retail topics will feature aquatic experts George Blasiola, Heiko Bleher, Charles Delbeek, Patrick Donston, Hans-Georg Evers, Sanjay Joshi, Oliver Knott, Paul Loiselle, Oliver Lucanus, Steve Lundblad, Joe Olenik, Julian Sprung, Tony Vargas and Greg Wittstock. The educational programming at Aquatic Experience is intended to address both the retailing and hobbyist aquarist. Seminars range from addressing intermediate level information to advanced topics.
More than 4,800 guests visited last year’s show, which featured a total of 125 exhibitors, the return of the only travelling shark show in the country, Haai Inc’s Live Shark Encounter, and inaugural aquatic competitions Aquascaping Live! Contest and the Aquatic Experience Fancy Guppy Competition. Other exhibits included a display of over 130 aquariums of tropical fish from the Florida Tropical Fish Farmers Association and a Children’s Touch Tank as part of the Fish from Around the World display.
The World Pet Association (WPA) is the oldest industry organization promoting responsible growth and development of the companion pet and related products and services. WPA works to inform and educate the general public in order to ensure safe and healthy lifestyles for our animal friends. WPA is the host of America’s Family Pet Expo, the world’s largest consumer pet and pet products expo, held annually in Costa Mesa, California. The organization also produces SuperZoo, an annual pet industry trade show that showcases a comprehensive collection of exhibits and offers a variety of informative educational seminars, and Atlanta Pet Fair, the Southeast’s largest competition and trade show for the professional pet stylist. For more information, please visit www.worldpetassociation.org.