Did you hear?... French winter trade shows solve their trade show disputes

Well, lookeee, even the French winter trade shows can solve their trade show disputes: Formerly competing winter trade fairs have announced they will join forces.

Well, lookeee, even the French winter trade shows can solve their trade show disputes: Formerly competing winter trade fairs have announced they will join forces. The two major winter trade events in France, SIG, located in Grenoble, and Glissexpo, with a winter edition in Paris, have decided to merge their events into a single one-stop fair to take place in Grenoble Jan 20-22. And that's this month. As SNEWS® reported last month, the SIG upset the traditional trade calendar by advancing its dates from early March to mid-January. At the same time, the Glissexpo action sports trade gathering -- initially to take place the end of January in Paris -- was having difficulty recruiting exhibitors. Winter sports industry leaders (including Eurosima, the French action sports industry association) have all expressed their support of the new winter double-header, except one notable exception of Salomon, French SNEW sources. Salomon will be absentee among leading equipment suppliers. SNEWS® View: SNEWS® sources say only 15 companies had signed on to the Glissexpo. Whoa, now, if true, that's a good reason to quickly negotiate. The move seems risky when the dates are just a couple of weeks away, but suppliers have tried to work with it. The questions being asked in France are, will the retailers pick up the cue and visit the fair in the middle of their busy selling periods, or will this be the last stand before a total demise of the winter sports fairs in France?


Did you hear?... France's winter sports trade show has suddenly been moved to January

Mon Dieu! France's winter sports trade show traditionally held in March after the busy February ski and holiday season has suddenly been moved to January, causing a dissident group to decide to hold its own show in March anyway, French insiders have told SNEWS®. The traditional ...read more


Did you hear?... Did Sanuk really invent the Trade Show Booth?

Sometimes, a news release is just too funny, too creative, too well done just to have it tossed in among the many SNEWS® sees published each week. Such is the case with the latest release from Sanuk seeking to grab attention for its trade show booth and new products at the ...read more

Did you hear?... Ispo seeks peaceful path during trade show war

In light of the continued disagreements and discussions between SIA and OR about their respective winter shows, as well as among exhibitors and attendees (click here for the latest story) management for the trade show ispo in Germany has made a statement stressing its "peaceful ...read more

Did you hear?... ispo show seeking new, innovative fitness products for award

The international trade fair for sporting goods, ispo, in Munich, Germany, is seeking new brands with innovative and fresh fitness and health products for a newly established program to launch at the winter show in February 2007. Called "WarmUp," the program is modeled after a ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> Iron Grip Barbell Company has entered into a licensing relationship with Nautilus Group Inc. Iron Grip has granted Nautilus the right to sell certain weight plates with three handgrips under its U.S. Patent 6,436,015. Iron Grip also recently entered into a similar license with ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?…

For the week of Nov. 9-15 >> Big City Mountaineers (BCM), a volunteer-led recreational mentoring program for at-risk teens, has launched a branded apparel line with the help of Malden Mills, Mountain Hardwear and Northern Mountain Supply, an Arcata, Calif.-based, retailer. On ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> A product recall was issued on July 1, 2004, by Snow Peak in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission -- www.cpsc.gov -- for approximately 1,900 pumps for the Snow Peak White Gas Stove GS-010. Snow Peak has discovered that under high temperatures, the plastic ...read more

Fitness: Did You Hear?…

>> Frank Reckwald is the new sales and marketing manager for the Nautilus Group in Germany. He comes from Reebok and replaces Harry Mutschler, who left the company at the end of October to do some private consulting. >> As a part of the winter ispo trade show programming at the ...read more

Did you hear?... Nike ACG to open concept shop at Tigne ski resort in the French Alps

Nike ACG will open a concept shop at the Tigne ski resort in the French Alps on Dec. 11. Massimo Giunco, Nike's senior corporate communications manager there, told SNEWS® it will be the first shop at a ski resort in Europe. "We are trying to have a sustainable growth for ACG in ...read more