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The GearTrends® Guide to trade shows for the outdoor and fitness markets in the U.S., Canada, Asia and Europe

The GearTrends® Guide to trade shows for the outdoor and fitness markets in the U.S., Canada, Asia and Europe

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The GearTrends® Guide to trade shows serving and of interest to the outdoor and fitness markets in the U.S., Canada, Asia and Europe

GearTrends® and SNEWS® recommend the following partner trade shows:

*editorial disclaimer: The descriptive copy provided for each listing is taken directly from promotional material provided by each trade show organizer or venue either through printed material or from the website. None of the written descriptions are an endorsement by GearTrends® or SNEWS®.

U.S. Partner Trade Shows

Health & Fitness Business Expo
Health + Fitness Business is the event where brands are launched, innovations are unveiled and connections are made. Since 1997, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, buyers, press and industry influencers have converged at Health + Fitness Business in August to shape the future of their business. Designed for the specialty fitness industry, Health + Fitness Business connects a targeted audience of buyers and sellers of strength, cardio and low-impact fitness equipment. The event kicks off with a morning of insightful seminars, and continues for three days of exhibits, meetings and relationship building.

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market
Outdoor Retailer is the tradeshow venue of choice for the outdoor specialty industry. Brands big and small have a focused and targeted forum to contribute and conduct the business of the outdoors, with key market exposure in the most comprehensive showcase of outdoor companies. As Outdoor Retailer continues to attract national and international dealers in every category — specialty, specialty chain, general sporting goods, military, resort, mail order, big box and mass merchant retailers — our commitment is to deliver the best outdoor trade environment for your business to flourish and grow.

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market
Outdoor Retailer Winter Market gathers over 750 of the world’s leading outdoor apparel, gear, equipment, climbing tools, technology, footwear, boots, ski mountaineering, Nordic and Telemark equipment, rescue, outerwear, running, walking, yoga/mind & body, fitness and accessory products – and connects them with the world’s leading outdoor focused retailers, dealers, sporting goods stores, department stores, guide and outfitter services, ski mountaineering shops, resorts catalog dealers and internet retailers.

Snowsports Industries America (SIA)
SIA.06 will set the bar as the event of the snow sports industry. Nearly 1,000 brands will mark the show over four days presenting next season’s products and trends. There is no other substitution for the entire snow sports industry. Look to SIA.06 to exhibit your product, preview new brands and network with the professionals in the industry. Make SIA.06 the only place to execute your entire business plan.

International Partner Trade Shows

ispo Winter and Summer trade shows
outdoor ispo is the only outdoor competence show where all leading international brands exhibit their innovations twice a year in combination with a large side event schedule. Live boulder competition, ice-climbing demo area, workshops, get-togethers, ispo Outdoor Awards and a lot more guarantee a truly unique atmosphere. From functional workout outfits to heart monitors, treadmills and wellness accessories – fitness ispo is the competence center for everything that puts you in shape. Workshops on healthy lifestyle and most recent fitness programs create a better understanding for the potential of the market and effective sales strategies.

OutDoor – European Outdoor Trade Fair
“One Step Beyond” is the new slogan for the OutDoor trade show. One step beyond the tedium of every day life, and one step towards an exciting adventure in the great outdoors. The OutDoor show in Friedrichshafen has become the place for the international industry to get together and display everything that is new, including trends, innovation, products, lifestyle and outdoor fashion. The new graphics campaign takes a universally known symbol and cleverly twists it to show the ‘escaping’ figure to be wearing a backpack and to be heading for a door leading to the outdoors! It’s bold, it’s bright and it reflects perfectly the excitement felt by everyone involved in the show. OutDoor 2005 which takes place from the 21st to the 24th July at the Friedrichshafen showground will break all records in the show’s twelve year history and can truly claim to be the industry’s international show.

U.S. Regional Partner Trade Shows

EORA Southeast Region
EORA Northeast Region
EORA Mid-Atlantic Region
Eastern Outdoor Reps Association is a not-for-profit association that services the independent and non-independent sales representatives of outdoor human powered gear. The association hosts five trade shows per year in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast regions. They publish a market directory twice a year that contains information on all of their members and upcoming shows for retailers to use as reference.

U.S. national and regional trade shows listed alphabetically:

Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo
ASR Trade Expo provides the ultimate showcase of the action sports and youth lifestyle market by attracting the world’s largest and most powerful brands and buyers representing such diverse markets as surf, skate, swim, snow, footwear, and fashion. Retailers come to ASR to experience the entire industry – preview the hottest trends – and acquire the latest lines to drive store sales – all in one energized three day event.

ASA-ICAST – International Sport Fishing Expo
The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, or ICAST, is the American Sportfishing Association’s premier event. For nearly 50 years, the world’s largest sportfishing expo brings together more than 5,000 representatives of the sportfishing community driving sportfishing companies’ product sales year-round.

Asia Fit
Each year Asiafit strives to heighten awareness and raise the bar on regional standards of excellence in the health and fitness industry. Asiafit 2004 promises to be much larger and better than ever. Whether you are looking to sell your products and services, increase brand recognition, building up the company image, generate leads or launch new products, Asiafit 2004 is the event that you can’t miss!

Boston Shoe Travelers Association Markets
The Boston Shoe Travelers Association was founded on January 30, 1901, as a non-profit organization, dedicated to the preservation of free enterprise, and to encourage a spirit of cooperation among those salespeople engaged in the sale and distribution of footwear and associated merchandise, within the greater New England region. The 300-member organization puts on two regional trade shows each year. The open-booth show format has proven to be highly successful for BSTA members, and a favorite of attending retailers, for many years. It is one of the reasons why the present-day BSTA footwear markets are considered two of the most successful and well-attended regional shoe shows in the country.

Club Industry National
Club Industry brings together the world’s leading suppliers of fitness equipment, services and programs. The three-day trade show attracts approximately 5,500 fitness professionals from every state of the union and numerous foreign nations: owners and operators of multipurpose clubs, gyms, corporate fitness facilities, hospital/rehab/wellness centers, hotels/resorts and spas, parks/recreation areas, tennis/racquetball clubs, military/government facilities, YM/YWCAs and JCCs.

DEMA Show by the Diving Equipment Manufacturer’s Association
DEMA Show 2005 is the only international trade event for the diving, action water sports and adventure travel industries. The DEMA Show is produced by the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association based out of San Diego, California and managed on its behalf by National Trade Productions, Inc.

For the cycle industry, the cycle trade and the entire cycle community, Eurobike is the international information and presentation platform par excellence. Today it is the cycle industry’s leading fair in Europe. All major market leaders and innovative manufacturers are represented at Lake Constance. Bike test courses, insider parties, bike tourism, bike fashion shows and informative special shows – these all make the trade fair extremely attractive and provide a considerable added value.

EWSRA (now Eastern Winter Sports Reps Association) is made up of over 250 independent sales reps who represent ski and snowboard related products. As an association they produce two regional industry trade events open to exhibiting member reps, and their retail accounts.

International Trade Fair for Fitness, Leisure, Sport and Bodybuilding

Florida Shoe Market
Shoe Market of the Americas (SMOTA), conducts three trade shows a year in the Miami Beach Convention Center complex. Their markets showcase the entire spectrum of all footwear companies, from the high-fashion FFANY members to the large branded businesses.

Fly-Fishing Retailer
Fly-Fishing Retailer World Trade Expo is where brands are launched, innovations are unveiled and connections are made. Designed for the specialty fly-fishing industry, Fly-Fishing Retailer World Trade Expo connects a targeted audience to conduct business in a professional yet friendly atmosphere. Since 1998, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, buyers, guides, outfitters, distributors, importers, exporters, press and industry influencers have converged at Fly-Fishing Retailer to chart the future of their business.

IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show
IHRSA stands for “International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association.” We are a trade association serving the health and fitness club industry. IHRSA’s mission is to grow, protect and promote the health and fitness industry, and to provide its members with benefits that will help them be more successful. It holds an annual convention and trade show every year focused on the health club and commercial markets.

Imprinted Sportswear Show
Six trade shows each year serve as meeting places for the ever-changing apparel, sportswear, embroidery, screen-printing and promotional products industry.

In-Store Marketing Expo
Consumer trends, the psychology of shopping, brand integration, packaging and key points of contact — not to mention the details of managing retail compliance — are just a few reasons The P-O-P Show/Chicago evolved, and the In-Store Marketing Expo was born. Ripe with educational and networking opportunities, this two-day event is designed to attract the brand marketers, retailers, agency executives, P-O-P producers and designers, eager to do whatever it takes to succeed in-store.

Interbike International Bike Expo
Fuse 1,000+ brands with 10,000+ buyers from around the world and you have Interbike – the ultimate blend of industry leaders with innovative products in the bicycle business. The gathering kicks off with two days of OutDoor Demo in Bootleg Canyon – a world renowned outdoor cycling venue – and continues for three packed days of exhibits, product launches, meetings and celebrations at Interbike Expo in Las Vegas.

International Swimwear/Activewear Market (ISAM)
Founded in 1978 as a non-profit association for swimwear manufacturers world-wide, ISAM (International Swimwear/Activewear Market) was created to strengthen and unify the swimwear industry. Since its inception, ISAM (sanctioned by the SWIM Association), has become one of the largest trade associations to serve the swimwear and resortwear industry. ISAM holds one trade show each year.

Licensing International
Licensing International is the annual marketplace to promote licensing and merchandising programs to 20,000+ professionals representing all major categories of consumer product manufacturing, retail, marketing and media from 70 countries.

California Market Center
The California Market Center is the hub for the style industries in Los Angeles. As the newest marketplace for fashion, gift & home, the CMC is helping retailers redefine modern merchandising. With more than 1,000 showrooms and nearly 10,000 product lines housed in three 13-story buildings (interconnected on every floor) there is nowhere else that wholesale buyers can find such a fresh array of goods including women’s wear, men’s wear, children’s wear, fashion accessories, swimwear, footwear, gifts, toys, furniture & décor, textiles, garden accessories, floral, stationery, intimate apparel and personal care products.

Each February and August, the fashion industry converges on Las Vegas for one of the most influential four days in the business – the MAGIC Marketplace. Seventy years in the making, what started as a small group of manufacturers has developed into the preeminent fashion market in the world. MAGIC connects a global audience of serious buyers and sellers of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories. Thousands of retailers spanning single store boutiques to mass market domestic and international chains come to the Marketplace to access more than 3,000 manufacturers showcasing over 5,000 brands and private label resources.

Midwestern Reps Association (MRA)
The Midwestern Reps Association is a Snow/Outdoor Sports organization representing states from as far east as New York and as far west as Minnesota. There are 115+ members of the MRA representing products as ski/snowboard equipment and apparel, outdoor camping/climbing and water sports products. The association conducts regional trade shows for its members.

NASGW Hunting Show
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers was organized in 1953 and incorporated in 1954. The Association was originally identified as the Sporting Goods Jobbers Association. In 1962 the name was officially changed, and manufacturers and reps were invited to join as Associate members. Today the NASGW is comprised of wholesalers, manufacturers, and reps who are primarily involved with fishing, hunting and shooting sports equipment and accessories. The NASGW is the organizer and sponsor of the annual industries Hunting Show. This event is now know as the 2004 Annual Meeting/Expo and provides an educational, marketing and communications opportunity for the wholesaler and manufacturer of hunting and shooting sports equipment and accessories.

National Merchandise Show
The ASD/AMD Trade Shows have been setting the standard for variety and general merchandise trade shows across the country for more than 40 years. By continually working to upgrade and expand the number and scope of exhibitors represented at our seven annual trade shows, we have been able to attract a core of dedicated attendees who recognize the importance of our trade shows-to the success of their business, and the industry as a whole.

NBS Show
Nation’s Best Sports is one of thee largest volume sporting goods buying group in North America. Their over 240 members operate more than 1200 retail sporting goods stores in the United States and Canada, with a combined retail volume in excess of two and one-half billion dollars. They hold five market-based trade shows for their buying members.

SGMA Super Show
The Super Show is a global marketing event for the growth of sports and fitness. This event, the industry’s annual gathering place, showcases the best and newest innovations in the sporting goods industry. The Super Show brings together sport product and entertainment manufacturers, retailers, celebrity athletes, agents, suppliers, importers, exporters, and journalists from around the world.

SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting & Outdoor)
The SHOT Show attracts buyers from all fifty states and more than seventy-five countries. These important prospects represent dealers from specialty gunshops, specialty archery stores, multi-line sporting goods stores, discount/department/chain stores, hardware stores, wholesale distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer’s representatives, law enforcement, and much more. The 2004 Las Vegas event attracted 19,811 attendees, making it one of the best events to date.

Surf Expo
Surf Expo’s trade shows attract manufacturers and retailers in the surf, skate, water sports, swim and resort industries who have come together in a business-first buying and selling environment. Produced twice annually, Surf Expo draws buyers from across the U.S., the Caribbean and around the world.

Western Shoe Assoc. International Buying Market (WSA)
World Shoe Association (WSA) is currently the largest footwear trade market in North America. Its twice-yearly show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, pulls in more than 26,000 attendees and the cream of the footwear manufacturing industry. In short, WSA is the ultimate, must-do trade show for the multi-billion dollar footwear industry.

WWSRA Intermountain Market
WWSRA Northern California Market
WWSRA Northwest Show
WWSRA Rocky Mountain Market
WWSRA Southern California Marke
Western Winter Sports Representatives Association is a non-profit
association that sponsors trade events in the winter, active lifestyles and outdoor industries. In addition to producing industry trade events, WWSRA offers many resources and services to the reps and retailers in the active sports industry. Navigate using the menu at left to visit pages of interest to you.