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05 Dec 2018
Inaugural FIBO USA kicks off in Florida, challenging IHRSA Convention

The first ever FIBO USA kicks off in Orlando, Florida today (5 December 2018), directly challenging the established IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show.

The event is being held at the Orange County Convention Center.

Organised by Reed Exhibition, the fitness trade event is part of Reed's strategy to expand the FIBO Global Fitness brand and establish a direct presence in all the world’s leading fitness markets.

Hans-Joachim Erbel, CEO of Reed Exhibitions Germany, said: “With 57.2 million members in 36,540 gyms and sales of approximately US$27.6bn, the US is the largest fitness market worldwide.

“Numerous leading fitness industry manufacturers and suppliers are located here and many of the new concepts and global trends originate here.

“The goal is for FIBO USA to become the new 'must-attend event' in the US.”

The main FIBO event is held annually in Germany, attracting over 1,000 exhibitors and 120,000 visitors, while FIBO has launched similar events in China, Africa and South America.

The company has also recently purchased three FILEX events in Australia, to make a portfolio of eight global fitness shows.

While the main concept of FIBO – combining an exhibition with a conference and keynote speeches – has been retained, the US edition is calibrated to cater for the American market.

FIBO USA will roll out in stages, with the American Health and Fitness Forum conference (AHFF) today and tomorrow and an educational programme and trade show opening tomorrow and running to Saturday.

All educational elements have been planned in cooperation with international FIBO ambassador, EHFA's Herman Rutgers.

The AHFF programme will bring together 200 industry leaders to discuss topics aimed at enhancing operator excellence.

Speakers will include Emma Barry, founding member of Les Mills International, John Treharne, founder of UK-based budget chain The Gym Group, Lynne and Victor Brick and Kelly Card from the Fitness Industry Technology Council.

Health Club Management editor Liz Terry will be live tweeting from the event from 2.00pm EST today, so be sure to follow @elizterry.


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16 Jun 2019
The future of medical spas explored in first-ever Swiss Medical Spa & Hospitality Think Tank
The EHL Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH) hosted the first Swiss Medical Spa & Hospitality Think Tank on 6 June 2019 in Chur-Passugg, Switzerland.
14 Jun 2019
Networking, knowledge-sharing: 12th annual Forum HOTel&SPA deemed a success
The 12th annual Forum HOTel&SPA was held on 23 May at the Four Seasons George V Hotel in Paris, with a theme of ‘Multidiversity in Wellness’.
13 Jun 2019
ISPA to host pre-conference ‘Spa Workforce Super Session’
For the first time, the International SPA Association (ISPA) will host a pre-Conference Spa Workforce Super Session focusing on workforce development within the spa industry at the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo. This two and a half-hour workshop will take a deep dive into one of the spa industry’s top priorities of recruiting, retaining and engaging quality talent.
11 Jun 2019
Women's World Cup: FIFA signs gender equality MoU with UN
World governing body FIFA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations (UN) which aims to make football more accessible to women and girls.
06 Jun 2019
APSWC releases White Paper
The Asian Pacific Spa and Wellness Coalition has released a White Paper after its Round Table held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in March 2019.
06 Jun 2019
Huw Edwards: 'We need a cultural shift across government'
Huw Edwards, acting CEO of ukactive, has called for a "cultural shift" across government, in order for it to recognise the crucial role that the physical activity sector can play in improving the nation's health.
06 Jun 2019
Sport England and ukactive launch Communities of Learning platform to 'share what works'
A new leadership learning initiative aims to transform knowledge sharing in the physical activity sector.
22 May 2019
Monaco positions itself as wellness destination with first health & wellness festival
The principality of Monaco will host its first-ever health and wellness festival, ‘In Your Element’, from 5-7 July, in partnership with the Columbus Monte Carlo hotel and Monaco’s World Class Gym.
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