“Innovate or die.”
That’s Tara Verity, the senior service project manager at IHRSA, channeling her “inner Bill Gates,” who often employed the phrase, as she discusses the timely evolution of IHRSA’s Passport Program, which went digital in January.
A perpetually popular program, and one of the longest-running benefits of an IHRSA membership, the it allows members to purchase a discounted pass that provides them with access to other IHRSA clubs when they travel.
Now, for the first time, the amenity is being delivered exclusively via a mobile app.
IHRSA has partnered with TrainAway, a Copenhagen, Denmark–based company that’s digitalized the service. The firm already owns the world’s largest digital directory of gyms—a database of more than 130,000 facilities—and, with partner gyms in 21 countries on three continents, can offer travelers entry to clubs virtually anywhere in the world.
TrainAway’s innovative technology and sophisticated user interface make it possible for the members of IHRSA clubs to use their tablets or smartphones to locate participating facilities in a matter of seconds.
All IHRSA clubs are required to do is sign up. The service is a free IHRSA membership benefit.