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FIBO announces October dates for postponed 2020 show
The organisers of Germany's FIBO, international fitness and wellness trade show, have advised that the event will now be held in October.
Originally planned to run from 2nd to 5th April 2020, the rescheduled event will now be held from 1st to 4th October 2020. (Editor's note: As of 28th May 2020, these dates have been reduced to 1st to 3rd October).
The event was postponed last week as a result of concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus, with health authorities in the city of Cologne having recommended not to hold any trade fairs with high international participation for the time being.
Announcing the chnage, FIBO Director, Silke Frank stated "with the new date in autumn we are responding to the wish of many exhibitors to offer an alter-native date in the current business year."
"We are therefore very pleased to have found a date and space solution in the talks with Koelnmesse Ausstellungen at short notice."
FIBO will now take place in a new hall, occupying the southern parts of the Cologne Exhibition Centre, with access via the east, west and south entrances.
The European Health & Fitness Forum (EHFF) will take place on 30th September, the day before FIBO opens.
IHRSA 2020 withdrawls
It has also been reported that major exhibitors Life Fitness, Precor, Keiser and Freemotion have withdrawn from the 2020 International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association exhibition, due to be held from 18th 21st March in San Diego, California, USA.
The company’s are understood to have put a hold on travel due to concerns related to the Coronavirus, which would affect their attendance at the event.
Announcing their decision, Life Fitness advised “while we sincerely appreciate the additional steps IHRSA is taking to make the show safe for all attendees, the health and safety of our employees and their families will always be our top priority. We are exploring alternative ways to bring our brand and product experiences to our customers at another time this year."
In addition to the cancellation by these vendors, fitness club operators including Retro Fitness, World Gym and WellBiz have put restrictions on company travel, meaning their employees won’t be attending IHRSA.
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Article updated 28th May 2020 to reflect the event's changed dates.
29th February 2020 - FIBO Cologne postponed to second half of 2020
14th February 2020 - FitTech Summit and FIBO collaborate to project the future of fitness
11th December 2019 - FIBO 2020 to accommodate latest wellness industry trends
22nd November 2019 - Singapore’s ExPRO Fitness convention to link with new FIBO Southeast Asia event
28th September 2019 - FIBO to introduce new South East Asia event in Singapore
16th August 2019 - Reed Exhibitions considers FIBO branding for Australia’s Fitness Shows
7th July 2019 - FIBO CHINA grows to become Asia’s leading fitness event
7th December 2018 - FIBO revamps fitness, health and wellness programs for 2019
7th October 2018 - Reed Exhibitions expands FIBO with first ever USA event
31st August 2018 - 20% rise in visitor numbers at FIBO CHINA 2018
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