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Muench Relaxes Before European Congress Begins Today

From left, Theo Hendriks, Leila Timergaleeva, Hans Muench and Timergaleeva’s mother at the SkyLounge in Amsterdam.Hans Muench, director, IHRSA Europe, spent some down time at SkyLounge before the European Congress gets under way.

He, Theo Hendriks, Leila Timergaleeva and Timergaleeva's mother enjoyed a great view, along with drinks and food, at the restaurant that overlooks one of the many beautiful waterways in Amsterdam.

Hendriks is CEO of The Sports Leisure Group and is the local host partner on behalf of the IHRSA Europe Council. He ensure attendees get the local perspective on what to see and do in Amsterdam. Timergaleeva is IHRSA´s ambassador for Russia and is responsible for the large Russian contingent at IHRSA events.

European Congress begins today and runs through Sunday. More than 500 industry professionals are expected to embark on the Beurs van Berlage, the site of the event.

To follow all the happenings, check out this story.


Plenty to Gain by Attending European Congress

“The European Congress itself, the networking opportunities, and the club tours were invaluable, and will, without a doubt, have a significant impact on shaping the future of Fitness First U.K.”

Martin Seibold, Managing Director, Fitness First UK

RijksmuseumThe comments about IHRSA’s Annual European Congress - whether it is like Siebold’s, they relate to last year’s meeting in madrid or next month’s gathering in Amsterdam - attest to the fact that this event, now in its 14th year, is having a true impact not only on individual club companies, but also on the European and global fitness industries, as well.

This year, the congress is expected to attract more than 500 attendees from over 30 countries, including individuals from as far away as the U.S., Canada, South Africa, and Australia.

“Cross-border friendships, business relationships, product and service innovations that have found their way into European facilities—these are examples of the impact the congress is having,” notes Hans Muench, IHRSA’s director of Europe.

Read on to learn more about the event, local attractions and more.

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