The shift from Los Angeles to Dallas is to ensure that IHRSA members, industry partners, federations, and attendees from around the world will be able to safely gather to celebrate the fitness industry’s revival at IHRSA 2021.
“Because of the current COVID-19 restrictions in Los Angeles County, hosting IHRSA 2021 in Los Angeles this September as previously planned is too uncertain,” said Brent Darden, IHRSA interim president and CEO. “The IHRSA Board of Directors, Industry Partner Advisory Council, and IHRSA staff unanimously agreed that moving the Convention to Dallas was the best path forward for our industry and attendees.”
Alan Leach, CEO of the West Wood Clubs in Dublin, Ireland, and chair-elect of the IHRSA Board of Directors, feels confident about the move. “Not only is Dallas an exciting new venue to host the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show, the 13-15 October dates allow a few more crucial weeks for those who may need the extra time to get the vaccine or appropriate approvals in order to travel,” said Leach.
IHRSA 2021, the premier annual gathering for the global fitness industry is expected to be the first in-person gathering of its kind for the industry since the pandemic. Attendees can look forward to hearing from keynote speakers, attending educational sessions, and experiencing a first-hand look at new innovations, products, and services for the fitness industry.
“I think it was a wonderful decision to move the show to Dallas, TX,” said Emmett Williams, CEO (Asia-Pacific) and partner of Myzone and member of the IHRSA Industry Partner Advisory Council. “[It] provides certainty that the event will go ahead [and] helps vendors plan resources and operators book their schedule. We all win if we are all at IHRSA, swapping notes and gearing up for the comeback.”
The updated IHRSA 2021 Exhibitor Prospectus is now available. IHRSA will release more details for IHRSA 2021 as they are finalized. For updates, visit ihrsa.org/convention.