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15th Annual IHRSA European Congress

19-22 October 2015 | Marseille, France | Palais du Pharo


Join us in Marseille, France, 19-22 October 2015, for the 15th Annual IHRSA European Congress. The Palais du Pharo, where the Congress will be held, is located in the heart of Marseille – at the entrance to the Vieux Port (Old Port) – with several hotels nearby. Temperatures in October average highs of 23ºC during the day and 14ºC in the evening, making outdoor excursions pleasant.

Founded around 600BC, Marseille is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Located in southern France, this port city is a melting pot of different cultures. Rich in history, Marseille was named European Capital of Culture in 2013 and boasts many attractions, such as the ancient port. With 15,000 shops, visitors have plenty of options to choose from, including the Centre Bourse shopping center in the heart of the city and a large entertainment and retail complex around the Vélodrome Stadium, where The European Football Championship will be held next year. Learn more about Marseille’s many attractions!

A very special thanks to our Host Partner, the French Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (FHRSA), for all their help!

Keynote Speakers Announced

The Digital Native Advance: A New DNA for Shoppers

Ken Hughes
Consumer & Shopper Behaviouralist, and CEO, Glacier Consulting, IRELAND
Sponsored by Technogym®

Creating a Culture of Empowerment & Ownership

Bryan Williams
Chief Service Officer, B. Williams Enterprises, LLC, USA
Sponsored by Keiser Corporation


Learn from Thought Leaders and Build Relationships

The European Congress features presentations delivered by executives from inside and outside the health club industry, providing thought-provoking commentary on trends shaping business and the fitness industry. Networking events, focus group discussions, and evening and lunch receptions provide the opportunity to build relationships with colleagues from throughout Europe.

If you are involved in a decision-making capacity in the health club business – whether as an owner, general manager, department manager or investor – this is a must-attend event. Single club companies, multi-site companies, franchise clubs – all will benefit.

Event Highlights

  • One of the best networking opportunities for the industry in Europe with more than 500 industry professionals
  • Seminars designed to help you improve your operation and grow your business (with simultaneous translation in French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and possibly other languages)
  • The opportunity to meet one-on-one with leading suppliers of fitness equipment and services
  • Tours of some of area’s leading health clubs
  • An opportunity to step back from your day-to-day operations and plan for a better future!

    SPECIAL OFFER -- Attend the UFit Launch & Conference for FREE!

    This full-day event will be held on Monday, 19 October, and is complimentary to all IHRSA delegates who register before 26 August. Why attend UFit?  
  • Increase membership by attracting an untapped market, which represents over 15% of the population globally.
  • Speakers will present on innovative Marketing, Programming, Training and more to enable clubs to attract and retain this huge market of people.
  • The Ufit Programme, Training and resources will be launched at the Conference.
  • Your staff already have many of the necessary competencies to work with people with disabilities in your clubs.
  • Your club has UniversAbility - Ufit will show you how to awaken it.
  • Ufit will help you build a positive image for your club in your community.

    98% of us will have a disability at some point in our lifetime. Join the movement to 'Inclusivise Fitness' and #LetsInclusiviseFitness!

    TO REGISTER FOR UFit: Check the box on the Congress registration form.

    European Club Leadership Award

    This award recognizes the European club leader who has done the most to advance their company and the industry through strong leadership and performance. The 2015 award will be presented during the 15th Annual IHRSA European Congress, 19-22 October 2015 in Marseille, France. To apply, download the application and follow the instructions. The application deadline is 15 September 2015. For more information, visit


    The IHRSA European Congress in Madrid was great! The presentations were incredibly valuable at the strategic, tactical, and operational level. The event was also well organized -- the accommodations, the location in the centre of Madrid, not far from the airport, etc. Given this experience, I intend to visit the Congress again next year. Thank You IHRSA.
    - Petro Hameleers, Owner, Anytime Fitness Benelux, The Netherlands

    The 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. As we're currently in a turnaround situation, this is particularly appreciated. The IHRSA team, once more, exceeded expectations and did an outstanding job.
    - Martin Seibold, Managing Director, Fitness First, Ltd., England

    Every year, the IHRSA European Congress is a source of inspiration to set the strategies to achieve our vision. From the speakers, to all the people that attend the event, IHRSA is definitely meeting its promise of "Success by Association".
    - Anthony Barquisseau, CEO, My Sporteezy / Domyos Club, France

    This year, I couldn't find a single critical thing to say about the IHRSA European Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The speakers were absolutely super. I've attended the Congress for the past five years, and this year's was the best one ever.
    - Franck Gueguen, President & General Director, Club Med Gym, France