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FSB draws large international audience for sports and venue equipment

FSB, the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities, this year featured 622 companies from 44 countries. The Panstadia & Arena Management team were amongst the visitors walking the floor of what is a huge exhibition of sports and venue equipment, sports surfaces and facility management services.

FSB 2013 recorded a significant increase in occupied space and internationality, while also posting a larger number of visitors than FSB 2011. FSB, which was held for the first time in conjunction with aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience, attracted some 25,000 trade visitors from 115 countries. Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse, said:

Our concept for staging FSB and aquanale on the same days proved to be successful, and we received a lot of positive feedback from the sector. The very good result, combined with top-quality visitors, impressively underscores the reputation of FSB as the leading international trade fair for amenity areas, sports and pool facilities.

Nearly 80 per cent of visitors said they were satisfied with their visit. A total of 83 per cent reported that they had succeeded in achieving their goals at FSB and 82 per cent of the visitors rated the product range as either good or very good.

The FSB/aquanale swimming pool presentation, which was held jointly in Hall 10.1 for the first time this year, was popular with exhibitors and visitors. The joint presentation means that all aspects of the public and private swimming pool sectors are now represented in Cologne at one platform and in clearly defined theme worlds.

The 5th Cologne Swimming Pool and Wellness Forum served as the link between the private and public swimming pool sectors. The forum’s more than 300 participants spent the four trade fair days discussing current sector topics such as technology, energy efficiency, Web 2.0 and hotel swimming pools. Swimming pool architecture was especially highlighted at the PlanerFORUM for pool construction. It was part of the forum, which was jointly organised and staged by the IAKS and the Federal Association for Swimming Pools & Wellness. Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner, President of the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) explained:

FSB and aquanale together are the world’s biggest marketplace for the swimming pool sector.