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300 take part in AGAP Conference in Portugal

IHRSA partner AGAP held its AGAP Conference just outside of Lisbon last month.

More than 300 participants took part in presentations on various topics, starting with Exercise is Medicine, over two days. Carla Dias, who will speak at IHRSA's European Congress next week, talked about service. There was also a panel discussion led by Antonio Sacavan which included Nic Coutts.

There was a sponsor showcase with 16 companies, including Technogym, Precor, Nutrisport and Gerflor.

IHRSA Director of Europe Hans Muench talks to an attendee at the AGAP Conference.IHRSA Director of Europe Hans Muench was in attendance, educating attendees about IHRSA and the benefits of membership. 


Spanish health club VAT to increase to 21%

The value added tax rate (VAT) on Spanish health clubs is set to increase from the current level of 8% to a rate of 21%. The Spanish Fitness Industry has expressed concern that this increase will negatively affect the health of Spanish citizens who may stop exercising because of the price increase.  

A recent report by the Sports Council and Mahou San Miguel states that 94% of people whoexercise show improvement to their health. Moreover, the study states, every euro spent on physical activity leads to savings of €2.9 in medical expenses. When Portugal increased VAT on health clubs from 5% to 23%, the Portuguese Association for Health Clubs, AGAP, found that 100,000 people stopped going to health clubs.