Since it opened in 2015, the Aquacolors waterpark in Poreč, Croatia, just keeps on growing. Aquacolors is the country’s biggest waterpark and the most ambitious. In 2019, an SCP Europe subsidiary won the trophy for the best commercial swimming pool project launched and operated. News which demonstrates the swimming pool boom around the Adriatic!
A recent waterpark which goes on growing
Since 2019, Aquacolors has been listed in the top 25 of Trip Advisor’s Traveler's Choice European waterparks section. Opened to the public in 2015, Aquacolors is located in a 10-hectare site. It features a host of slides, a wave pool and Southern Europe’s biggest lazy river over 500 meters long.
In 2019, echoing its success – it attracts 5,000 visitors a day during the summer season – the waterpark added a 200 cubic meter bubbling pool dedicated to wellness featuring 130 massage seats in the water. A strategy mirroring the top trends in European waterparks. Two extra water slides supplement those already in place.
Recognition for a remarkable project by a pool market leader
E Grupa, the project initiator, joined forces with SCP Europe in 2017 as SCP Adriatica. This merger aims to develop the Croatian market and extend Poolcorp group business in neighboring countries like Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro.
SCP Adriatica know-how was recognized in 2019 when its customer BK Mont, responsible for the construction of the Aquacolors waterpark, was awarded the prize for the best European commercial swimming pool project. BK Mont worked closely with the project designers, architects ARHETIP 21.
The Adriatic area, a flourishing market for pool professionals
SCP Europe’s decision to buy E Grupa is extremely logical as the region’s booming tourist trade is good for pool builders. Croatia is one of the rare European countries which attracts over three tourists per resident vs. two for most other countries on the continent (1). In 2019, Croatia hosted 20.7 million tourists, up 5% on 2018 plus 8% more locals on holiday (2). The same story in Slovenia, where the tourist traffic reached record levels for the 5th year running with nearly 5.6 million visitors (3).
Although the public pool market is relatively stable, the private pool segment is booming. There are already approximately 40,000 private pools in Croatia (4) and the touristic and economic development of the area guarantees fast growth in pool constructions. More especially as in Croatia, as in many neighboring countries, private homes take in paying guests – the most widespread solution for holidaymakers!
These statistics prove that public and private pool markets around the Adriatic sea are sure to grow. A great opportunity for pool and waterpark builders!
(1) Veille Info Tourisme: Dubrovnik inondée de touristes… une partie de l’année
(2) Veille Info Tourisme: La Croatie réalise une année touristique 2019 record
(3) Le Quotidien du tourisme: Année record pour le tourisme en Slovénie, 327 000 nuitées proviennent de France
(4) SCP United Kingdom: Press Release: BK MONT d.o.o., customer of SCP Adriatica, rewarded at the last SCP Europe Vendors Showcase in Monaco
© Photo credit : Aquacolors Poreč