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Darden talks about State of the European Health Club Industry

IHRSA Board of Directors Chairperson Brent Darden presented a state of the European health industry on the second day of the 13th Annual IHRSA European Congress, prior to the Magnus Lindkvist’s General Session.

IHRSA Chairperson, Brent Darden talks about European Health Club IndustryMuch of the information he presented came from the recently released, "IHRSA European Health Club Report: Size & Scope of the Fitness Industry," which was on the seats of all of the attendees.

He started off with good news - the 48,000 fitness clubs in Europe generated 25 billion euros, about 40% of the global industry revenue. However, he noted there wasn't all good news: more than half (52%) of the European population is overweight, with 17% of Europeans considered obese.

Darden would be remiss if he didn't mention VAT (value added tax rate): 23 nations levy 20% or more on membership dues and fees.

"Particularly in challenging economic times, most IHRSA members believe high taxes threaten both the viability of health clubs and the overall health of the people, who either will not be able to afford a health club membership or will no longer have a health club available to them," Darden said. 

"This underscores the importance of getting involved with your local and national governments to make sure that those in power understand the ramifications of their taxation and policy decisions on public health as well as on business."

For more, check out the "European Health Club Report."




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