World Trade Show changes location: From the Ruhr to the Rhine: From 2013 FIBO will be held in Cologne
Increased space requirements deciding factor for change of location
From 2013 FIBO will be held in Cologne.
FIBO, the world's largest trade show for fitness, wellness and health moves from the Ruhr to the Rhine and will be held in Cologne from 2013 onwards. An agreement to that effect was signed by the trade show organiser, Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH, and Koelnmesse Ausstellungen GmbH. The agreement has a term of ten years and covers the period up to and including 2022. The next two events in 2011 and 2012 will be held in Essen.
The reason for the change of location is FIBO's continuing strong increase of exhibition space required. At this year's FIBO, to be held from 14 to 17 April 2011 in Essen, the world trade show with its 75,000 m² already takes up all available ground level halls. FIBO thus continues its sustained growth that began in 2005. Over the last five-year period the number of exhibitors increased from 339 to most recently 561 companies.
"Because of the success and the pleasant working relationship we have had with Messe Essen it is particularly hard to say goodbye, and yet it is inevitable as our future space requirements allow no further delay", says Hans-Joachim Erbel, Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH. This is also emphasised by the dimensions planned in Cologne from 2013 onwards: right from the start FIBO will occupy 86,000 m², taking up the four new Halls 6 to 9 which were completed in 2006 as well as parts of Hal¬ls 1 to 3. Halls 6 to 9 will be reserved as a specialist show for the growing Fitness, Wellness and Health segment, Halls 1 to 3, on the other hand, will be used by FIBO POWER which takes place at the same time and is devoted specifically to bodybuilding and weight training. With the new hall plan, the separation of the two events is also taken further.
"In FIBO, an international top event returns to Cologne where it had already been held from 1985 to 1990. This is another great success for the location and for Koelnmesse, which thus once again proved its attractiveness among the competition", says happy Koelnmesse CEO Gerald Böse. "We will strive hard to give the best possible support to FIBO in its further expansion in Cologne."
Upcoming trade show dates:
FIBO 2011, 14 to 17 April 2011, Essen Exhibition Centre
FIBO 2012, 19 to 22 April 2012, Essen Exhibition Centre
FIBO 2013, 11 to14 April 2013, Köln Exhibition Centre
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