15th Annual IHRSA European Congress in Marseille, France

500 industry professionals from 30 countries to attend 15th Annual IHRSA European Congress in Marseille, France

Marseille, France, will be the site of the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association’s (IHRSA) 15th Annual European Congress, 19-22 October 2015.

“The Congress is a unique opportunity to build a strong connection with European club operators and advance our knowledge of the health club market in Europe.” said Joe Moore, President and CEO of IHRSA. “With 500 industry business professionals from over 30 countries in attendance, this event offers one of the best networking opportunities for the industry in Europe.”

The Congress will feature seminars presented by an array of speakers from within and outside the industry, with a dual focus on improving operational performance and seizing new opportunities.

Keynote presentations and speakers include:

  • The Digital Native Advance: A New DNA for Shoppers, presented by Ken Hughes, Consumer & Shopper Behaviouralist, and CEO, Glacier Consulting, IRELAND. Sponsored by Technogym®
  • Creating a Culture of Ownership & Empowerment, presented by Bryan Williams, Chief Service Officer, B. Williams Enterprises, LLC, USA. Sponsored by Keiser Corporation

The programme will feature:

  • 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, Polish, 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 the area’s leading health clubs

European Congress attendees will also be invited to attend the UFit Conference, which will be held on 19 October. The conference will show clubs how to attract, serve and retain the disabled population, which represents over 15% of the population globally.

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. 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.

Sponsors of the 15th Annual IHRSA European Congress include:

American Council on Exercise (ACE), Anytime Fitness, LLC, Cybex International Inc, eGym GmbH, Exerp, Fabiano Designs, GANTNER Technologies, Gruppo P&G - Fit interiors, GymGroups, Johnson Health Tech. Co., Ltd. / MATRIX FITNESS, Keiser Corporation, Les Mills International, Life Fitness, miha bodytec GmbH, milon industries GmbH, MYZONE®, National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), OJMAR, Pliteq Inc., PILOXING®, Polar Electro Oy, Precor, QualiCert - Qualitop International, Star Trac, Technogym®, TNG International, Virtuagym and Zumba Fitness LLC.


The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion.IHRSA's events provide a vast array of speakers on business and corporate culture, instructional sessions on all aspects of succeeding in the health club industry, social events to mix and mingle with peers, and the most spectacular trade shows in the industry.