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 path during the SIA/OR trade show war." The statement, in part: "Recent news about an impending SnowSports Industries America (SIA) announcement to move its dates to conflict with the Outdoor Retailer (OR) show next winter has generated serious concerns over the outbreak of a trade show war competing for winter sports exhibitors and attendees in North America…. The development has raised concern for the ispo show in Europe as well. Positive growth figures and prospects of the European outdoor market and other winter sports segments have attracted the attention of practically every American company in the market. European buying cycles are very similar to American cycles, making date conflicts a constant threat." Ispo show director Peter Knoll said, "We want the industry to focus all of its energies on creating innovative product and growing its business." Added Dieter Tremp, ispo's senior associate in North America, "The role of a trade show is to build consent, not conflict. Ispo makes every effort to coordinate dates with OR, ASR, SIA and all the other North American shows." The statement pointed out ispo and Outdoor Retailer's cooperative agreement begun last winter offering each other's customers discounts and benefits, and said it is discussing expanding that program to include other U.S. shows.