IHRSA has announced a new strategic partnership for Croatia, having come to an agreement with CLT Sportski Savjeti – the representative for Les Mills in Croatia. “IHRSA is pleased to work with a strong partner in the newest European Union country,” says Hans Muench, IHRSA director for Europe. “By partnering with CLT, IHRSA is leveraging global strengths and local expertise in order to grow the sector and raise awareness about the health benefits of exercise.”
CLT’s plans for 2013 include driving growth and improving the professionalism of the Croatian fitness sector via regional seminars, regular networking events, a new internet and social media platform and organised trips to IHRSA’s European Congress and the 33rd Annual IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show.
Laurent Duchene of CLT says: “It was a great experience to attend IHRSA’s 12th European Congress in Vienna, Austria, last year. After networking and sharing best practices with over 450 delegates from 35 countries, I was keen to become part of IHRSA’s network.”
Details of the new partnership were announced at the Fitness and Wellness International Congress (FRIC), which took place in Rijeka, Croatia, on 22 June. “IHRSA and CLT share a common goal of promoting and protecting the global health and fitness industry,” says Joe Moore, IHRSA’s president and CEO. “We look forward to growing this mutually beneficial relationship.”
From July 1 through Dec. 31, Lithuania will hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union. Vidmantas Siugzdini, general manager of IMPULS in Vilnius, Lithuania, had this to say about what the appointment means to the country and the fitness industry in Lithuania.
“Lithuanians are really proud that we take over the presidency of EU. We see this fact as a proof of our statehood and high evaluation of our young country, but it is also a big challenge for anyone working in the service sector,” he said. “It is very symbolic since 2013 was officially announced by our government as a year of Wellness in Lithuania – having in mind the growing importance of this sector in Europe.”
Lithuania is the first of the three Baltic states to be named to this position.
Hans will be attending the canfitpro event in Toronto, you can meet him at the Fitness Business Canada booth (# 1521) on Friday, August 16th and and Saturday August 17th from 12:00 – 14:00, or you can request an appointment at another time by writing Hans at firstname.lastname@example.org
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