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Soares opens 14th IHRSA Fitness Brasil event

Fitness Brasil President Waldyr Soares opens the 14th IHRSA Fitness Brasil Latin American Conference & Trade Show.The 14th IHRSA Fitness Brasil Latin American Conference & Trade Show opened to large crowds on Thursday morning.

The event, which features plenty of educational sessions as well as a three-day trade show, is expected to bring close to 7,000 attendees to the Transamerica Conference Center.

The first day started with Fitness Brasil President Waldyr Soares welcoming everyone. He talked briefly about the industry in Brazil. Despite only a 3 percent penetration the country boasts the second-most clubs in the world, behind the United States. That means there is still plenty of opportunity.

Jay Ablondi, IHRSA vice president of Global Products, followed. Ablondi said that IHRSA was pleased to partner with Fitness Brasil for the 14th year. He reminded attendees of the IHRSA app and the inagural Latin American report. He said the Global Report saw 32 Latin American clubs participating, up from 17 last year. The final IHRSA publication he talked about was the Global 25; he pointed out that Brazil was represented three times on the list.

IHRSA Vice President of Global Products Jay Ablondi and Jacqueline Antunes, Senior Manager, Latin America.Ablondi concluded by introducing IHRSA board members Christian Pierar and Richard Bilton.



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