Although exhibitor lists are growing and early morning workouts are taking shape, the biggest news coming out of the Health & Fitness Business Expo (Sept. 14-16, 2011) is a slight change to show hours.
Based on industry feedback over the last few months, show management has added and cut hours. On the first day of the show, Wednesday, Sept. 14, those checking in will allowed into the halls at 8 a.m. – an hour earlier than previously announced. On last day, Friday, Sept. 16, the halls will close at 4 p.m. instead of 6 p.m., as previously announced. Thursday, Sept. 17, the show hours remain the same -- 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“Since main registration will be adjacent to the HFB show floor, we have decided to allow retailers to preview the street-level section starting at 8 a.m., on day one," show director Andy Tompkins told SNEWS. He said the move will allow both fitness retailers and cycling dealers to meet with HFB exhibitors immediately after registering and picking up their badges.
“On the final day of the show, we are going to close down a little earlier than originally scheduled,” Tompkins said, “to allow exhibitors to begin break down and their travel home.”
Workouts and education
With morning workouts announced in our last story of show news, show management has begun to hone details. Morning workouts will be open to all attendees of both the Interbike (www.interbike.com) and Health & Fitness Business (www.healthandfitnessbiz.com) show segments.
Workouts, which will be held at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, will start at 7 a.m. on the first day, Sept 14; and 8 a.m. on the second day, Sept. 15.
“In addition to seeing new product, a cornerstone of HFB is networking and interacting as a community,” Tompkins said. “We also want attendees to have a great time and not miss daily routines such as workouts. We want to give attendees the chance to connect with one another, test product and start the day right.”
Yoga classes will start at 8 a.m. both days, while equipment in booths of manufacturers interested in participating will be open for use at all specified morning times. Companies interested in participating or offering a special class or workout, should contact show representative Brian McKavic, Tompkins said. McKavic can be reached at Brian.McKavic@nielsen.com or 949-226-5741.
In addition to morning workouts, Interbike has a full schedule of educational seminars for retailers and brands sponsored by the National Bike Dealers Association. Many of these sessions are about general training in subjects such as sales, social media use and other current topics. To see the list, click here.
Exhibitors new to the floor since our last HFB update on June 10 are: Cap Barbell, Helix, Avanti Fitness, InfoTrade,â€¨ Mad Dogg Athletics, Kettler USA, PowerBlock and Prism Fitness Group.