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ILAM announces name change at annual event

Ireland Active board members, from left, Susan Brady, President Barry Walsh and Iain Foulger.The annual ILAM conference had special significance this year with the rebranding of the organization to Ireland Active. The change was a well-kept secret until the day of the event, and the new website was activated as the opening address announced the new name.

"This is a major step forward for the organization," said President Barry Walsh. 

Participation from Health agency staff and an address at the evening awards presentation by an elected official was a sign of recognition on a broad front. The three-year strategic plan was presented at the event.

The trade show/sponsor showcase featured about 20 booths, including Precor, Life Fitness, Cybex, FreeMotion, Gladstone and Legend Software.

The conference was held in Cork, Ireland, on Oct. 3.

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More Croatia fitness clubs learning about the industry, IHRSA

Hans Muench, right, director, IHRSA Europe, visits with Damjan Radic and Mofit Fitness Club in Zagreb, Croatia.Croatia in recent years has seen an increase in the fitness industry, looking to make health and exercise a part of everyday life. WIth that has also been the increase of clubs in the country.

One of those clubs is new to the IHRSA family - Mofit Fitness Club in Zagreb. Recently Hans Muench, director, IHRSA Europe, visited the facility and talked about IHRSA, and its growth, protection and promotion of the health and fitness industry.

 For more, visit Zdrava Krava, a health and fitness portal in Croatia.


Great vibes at CrediCare 2013 in Norway

An attendee of the CrediCare conference in Norway talks to a Life Fitness representative.More than 200 club owners and staff attended the CrediCare conference in Norway earlier this month.

CrediCare is one of the largest companies in Norway that provides administrative support for financial transactions for the health club industry. The company is 31 years old, founded by Berndt Bertelsen. It has an education and medical division, and also has a company in Sri Lanka to assist with data processing and programming.

There were presentations and speakers from both inside and outside of the industry at the conference, focusing on improving business. IHRSA Director of Europe Hans Muench gave a keynote speech and two sessions.

A casino-themed evening at CrediCare 2013.A festive casino night allowed the 230 attendees to wind down. Prizes were awarded, including the top prize to Mona Christiansen of Toten Treningssenter for an all-expense paid trip to IHRSA 2014 in San Diego.  


FIBO, like IHRSA, keeps on growing

Ego Wellness of Lucca, Italy, visits the IHRSA booth at FIBO.Two years ago FIBO, Europe's largest trade show for fitness, wellness and health, broke its attendance record with 58,000 visitors. Not too shabby, huh?

Well, last week the event in Cologne, Germany, missed cracking the 100,000 mark by 3,300 people. That is a 30% increase from last year's 76,200.

With 670 companies from 30 countries covering more than 100,000 square feet, there is everything you ever wanted to inquire about, and then some, under one roof.

Among the trade show booths was IHRSA, with Hans Muench, director of IHRSA Europe, and Alison O'Kane Giannaras, association vice president of International Operations, manning the space.

Click here for more on FIBO.



IHRSA holds seminar in Turkey

Vittorio Zagaia addresses seminar attendees in Istanbul, Turkey.Thirty club owners and operators signed up to hear insights on the global market from IHRSA Director of Europe Hans Muench and IHRSA Ambassador and Europe Council member Doug Miller in the seminar room of AVV, IHRSA´s partner in Istanbul, Turkey.

Several of the clubs are IHRSA members, and more plan to join as a result of the seminar.

Further seminars are planned in 2013 in Izmir and Istanbul.

The market in Turkey is very dynamic at the moment with 45-50 new clubs  planned in Istanbul in the next two years, such as the second $25 million luxury club, D Gym, further expansion of MacFit, and Jatomi Fitness.

Istanbul is one of three candidate cities for the summer Olympics 2020. Should the decision fall in favor of this city of 20 million, there will be a boom in the sector for the coming seven years leading up to the Games.



IHRSA European Congress 2012 runs smoothly thanks to plenty of help

IHRSA's Lynne Devaney, left, helps a European Congress 2012 attendee.IHRSA conferences and events would be impossible to run if not for staff, ambassadors and liaisons from other countries pitching in to direct attendees in the right direction.

European Congress 2012 has run like a well-oiled machine in Vienna, Austria, with seminars starting on time, people in the right place, and very few issues.

Be sure to check back at the blog next week for more photos and recaps of the four-day event.

Hans Meunch, director of IHRSA Europe, has been seen all over the Hilton Vienna.


3D experience

Hans Muench, left, and Miroslav JircikIHRSA partner Mirsolav Jircik, right, of 3D Fitness, with locations in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, shows off the latest edition of his magazine to Hans Muench, director of IHRSA Europe.



PHOTO GALLERY: Technogym Village opening full of dignitaries, IHRSA members


Technogym had no shortage of events for this past weekend's grand opening of Technogym Village in Cesena, Italy, including dignitaries, entertainment, keynote speaker President Bill Clinton and numerous IHRSA members and staff.

For more on the opening, click here


Double Dutch: IHRSA to make rounds at two Netherlands events

Hans Muench, director of IHRSA Europe, and Yvonne Smits. head of the VES organization, at the 2nd annual Fitspiration in the Netherlands.More than 250 attendees came to Utrecht for the 2nd Fitspiration event in the Netherlands. Leading Dutch presenters provided participants with perspectives on social media, marketing, adapting to change and more, using the event´s "Create, Innovate, Cooperate" slogan.

Among the attendees was Yvonne Smits, head of the VES organization and IHRSA partner, who have 90 clubs in their group.

Hans Muench, director of IHRSA Europe, will be presenting on  two topics at the Fit!Vaktagen in Ahoy (near Rotterdam) on Oct. 4-5, supported by BodyBiz magazine: 

  • "The Best of IHRSA" 
  • "What’s Hot and What’s Not: Game changing models"


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