“We thank all the attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and in particular, ILAM, for their graciousness and hospitality last week as we convened for the 9th Annual IHRSA European Congress,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA’s President and CEO. “The event was once again remarkable and confirmed our deep commitment to growing the global industry and focusing on the fundamentals that will enable success,” he said.
“On behalf of ILAM we were very pleased to have hosted one of the best ever European Congresses with nearly 350 attendees from 26 countries joining us in Dublin,” said Kilian Fisher, CEO of ILAM. “I am confident we all will return to our companies, exercised physically and mentally, and refreshed with new insights,” he said.
The European Congress included sessions by industry experts, including four keynote speakers, a gala dinner, supplier showcase, and tours of some of Dublin’s finest clubs. The four keynote presentations were delivered by executives from both inside and outside the health club industry, providing thought-provoking commentary on trends shaping business and the fitness industry in Europe and worldwide.
Keynote and Featured Speakers included:
- Peter Draper, Former Director of Marketing, Manchester United FC
Session: “Putting Customers First”
- Pedro Videla, PhD, Professor of Economics, IESE Business School
Session: “The Global Economic Outlook & the Fitness Industry: Global Crisis, How Deep, How Long & How Do We Get Out”
- Enda McNulty, Managing Director, Motiv8
Session: “Raise the Bar in Your Performance”
- David McWilliams, Economist, Journalist, Broadcaster & Best-Selling Author
Session: “The Generation Game”
The 9th Annual IHRSA European Congress was sponsored this year by: ACE, Anytime Fitness, C + P Moebel, California University of Pennsylvania, CYBEX, Failte Ireland, Fitness Equipment Depot Worldwide, ILAM, Joinonline247.com, Les Mills International Ltd, LIW, milon industries GmbH, Polar Electro Oy, QualiCert, Star Trac U.K. Ltd, and Technogym.
ILAM exhibitors included INVOTECH, Interface Partners Ltd, Expert Leisure Supplies, Irish Radio Communications Ltd, SP Sports Ireland Ltd, Pulse Fitness, Gladstone Health and Leisure, Health Service Executive, Hibernian Aviva/O'Leary Insurance, Keiser Corporation, Welltech Gym Solutions, and T & T Fitness Systems Ltd.
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. The association’s membership includes over 9,750 clubs in 78 countries, along with over 740 industry suppliers.
The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), in partnership with ILAM, the Industry Body for Sports, Fitness, Aquatic Facilities, Outdoor Sector, Spas & Wellness, recently concluded the 9th Annual IHRSA European Congress, 22-25 October 2009, in Dublin, Ireland.