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FSB and aquanale finely tuned to sports market

Koelnmesse has synchronised its two biannual october events FSB and aquanale. The two exhibitions and supporting technical conferences will run in parallel for the first time, announced Katherina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse at the European Trade Press Conference for the two fairs. Managers with responsibility for sports facilities will be able to view public swimming pool equipment and services alongside the sports floors, seating solutions and scoring systems typically lined up in the FSB exhibition.

Hamma said that the sector’s international leaders have already registered for the next edition of “the central communication platform in Cologne”. She added:

It’s already clear that our measures to further develop the trade fair concepts are in tune with the needs of the market. Visitors and exhibitors profit equally from the extended range of opportunities for communicaton and business.

The IAKS Congress will continue to run in parallel with FSB on all four days 22-25 October when concepts for sustainable sports facilities will be discussed, such as multi-use, energy use reduction, temporary and mobile accommodation and the business structures, such as leasing and reselling, that enable these concepts to succeed.

IAKS Managing Director Klaus Meinel told PanStadia & Arena Management magazine that the Congress will look back at the operation of two of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games venues and forward to the design and construction of sports facilities for mass participation in the UK.

The new PlanerFORUM running alongside aquanale will tackle design, construction, staffing and marketing issues around public pools.

IAKS, with the IOC and IPC, will hold its biannual awards ceremony which brings public attention to the best looking and most successful sports facilities worldwide. Meinel announced that the IAKS/IOC award has attracted 96 entries from 30 countries. The IAKS/IPC award, which encourages the design of inclusive sport buildings, has attracted 31 entries. The award for student architects, which this time focussed on designs to motivate yourng people to pursue an active lifestyle, has attracted 27 entries from 20 countries.

Klaus Meinel, Bert Granderath and Katharina C. Hamma at the European trade press conference for aquanale and FSB.

Klaus Meinel, Bert Granderath and Katharina C. Hamma at the European trade press conference for aquanale and FSB.