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IHRSA has chosen yet another spectacular locale to host the European Congress. And while Madrid, Spain, has so much to offer, really, it is all about what is inside the Meliã Castilla hotel.

The 13th Annual IHRSA European Congress will offer the normal IHRSA event highlights, like excellent general session speakers, thought-provoking educational sessions, discussing on trends in the industry, networking opportunities and tours of nearby clubs.

The event, which runs Oct. 17-20, 2013, is expected to attract around 400 from the industry.

“This is a great opportunity not only to learn, but also to get together with industry friends and meet new colleagues,” said Joe Moore, president and CEO of IHRSA. “The size of the event makes it easy to network, and we are working with a wonderful host partner, MAS, to make the Congress a great experience for all.”

Among the highlights will be general sessions by business executives and educators that will provide thought-provoking commentary on trends shaping business and the fitness industry. 

Magnus Lindkvist, author will present his talk, When the Future Begins: Trendspotting, Future-Thinking & the Attack of the Unexpected. He will weave engaging narratives about trends with visions of a bright future. His session is sponsored by Technogym.

Carla Carvahlo Dias, founder of both Visão Integrada and Top Service Academy, will also speak during a general session. In Top Service Culture: A Key to Success from the Inside OUT, Dias will use her experience in restructuring hundreds of companies to help with the important area of customer service.

All event sessions will be simultaneously be translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Russian.

A Sponsor Showcase will provide attendees with the opportunity to talk one-to-one with leading suppliers in a relaxed environment. And the European Club Leadership Award will be presented.

“We all need to step away from our daily work routines to take a fresh look at our businesses,” said Hans Muench, IHRSA Europe director. “Congress delegates will find like-minded business people eager to share solutions to common problems as well as growth opportunities.

For more information or to register for the 2013 IHRSA European Congress, please visit or email Act now as there is a price increase on Aug. 20.

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