FSB 2017: preparations have already begun!

Huge international interest: already lots of enquiries from the sector / North halls of the Cologne exhibition grounds will be the venue once again.

Preparations for the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities have already begun: from 7 to 10 November 2017, FSB will open its doors in the North halls of Koelnmesse. Already, nineteen months before the event, all the early signs indicate another very successful fair to come. Numerous requests from companies in Germany and abroad for confirmed stand areas or wanting to increase participation have already been received. The official release of application forms is planned for August 2016. The usual top-quality supporting programme is also taking shape early: the IAKS-Congress 2017 is already at the thematic concept stage.

The bar has been set high for the FSB fair. After all, when the leading international trade fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities drew to a close last October, international participation in the event had increased and the atmosphere was very positive. Around 26,836 visitors from 117 countries were won over by the offerings of the 662 exhibitors from 43 countries. FSB, which was once again co-located with aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience thereby registered clear growth in the number of visitors, with an increase of more than 7 percent. The fair registered especially strong growth with respect to trade visitors from Asia (+19 percent) and the Middle East (+12.5 percent). According to a representative survey, exhibitors were correspondingly satisfied with the international character, as well as the high-quality visitor profile, of the event. These evaluations correlate with the results of the visitor survey, according to which almost 90% of visitors to FSB said they were directly involved in purchasing decisions or were advising on a purchase.

Visitors, for their part, also had high praise for the event. Almost three quarters of trade visitors are generally satisfied to very satisfied with the event. 82 percent even reported that they had succeeded in achieving their goals at FSB in Cologne well to very well. Trade visitors' interest was focused on the areas of outdoor sports facilities (57%), playground planning and equipment (48%), outdoor fitness (40%), technical equipping of sports facilities (39%), urban and open space planning (38%), sports equipment (37%), fitting-out of sports facilities and leisure environments (36% each). Co-located with aquanale, FSB took place for the first time in the North halls of the Cologne exhibition grounds, which was received well by exhibitors and visitors alike.

Alongside the innovations, products and services from the sectors of amenity areas, playgrounds, sports and pool facilities, FSB again won over with an innovative supporting programme focused on these three key areas. In 2017, as in previous years, renowned congresses, exciting talks, informative workshops and top-quality award and prize-giving events will provide a tailor-made, complete programme for successful networking on a global level. Traditionally, the IAKS Congress, running at the same time as FSB, offers interdisciplinary exchange at the highest level. So not only will exhibitors' most modern products and services be on show at the fair, but also trends and visions for the architecture and planning of future amenity areas, sports and pool facilities will be presented and discussed with internationally renowned experts. This makes FSB a must for operators, architects, municipal authorities, developers, investors, planners and landscape architects from the municipal, public and private sectors.

Koelnmesse - Global competence in furniture, interiors and design:
Koelnmesse is the top trade fair organiser with international competence in the areas of creating, furnishing and living. At the trade fair hub of Cologne, the leading international fair imm cologne, as well as the trade fair formats of LivingKitchen, ORGATEC, spoga+gafa, interzum and Kind + Jugend rank among the internationally renowned and established industry meeting places. These fairs comprehensively represent the upholstered and case furniture segment, the kitchen industry, the office furniture sector and outdoor living, as well as the innovations of the furniture supply industry. Over the last few years, Koelnmesse has specifically added international fairs in the most important fast-expanding markets to its portfolio. These include the China International Kitchen and Bathroom Expo (CIKB) in Shanghai, furniPRO Asia in Singapore and Pueri Expo in Sao Paulo.

The next events:
Pueri Expo, São Paulo, Brazil 2-5 June 2016
Kind + Jugend, 15-18 September 2016, Cologne
China Kids Expo, 19-21 October 2016, Shanghai
China International Kitchen and Bathroom Expo, Shanghai, China 21-23 October 2016

Your contact:
Volker de Cloedt
Communications Manager
Koelnmesse GmbH
Messeplatz 1
50679 Köln
Phone + 49 221 821 2960
Fax + 49 221 821 3544

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