Ispo winter’s 2006 edition (, which was again held at the Munich Fair Center and which ran from January 29 to February 1, finished on a high note. More than 60,000 people visited the world’s biggest sport fair, an increase of more than 10% than last winter’s edition, which saw 54,433 visitors. The majority of guests (60%) came from abroad, and the number of attendees from Eastern Europe, Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain all increased.

The number of exhibitors also beat all records: More than 1,800 exhibitors from 49 countries showed their collections and products in 14 areas across 160,000 square meters of exhibition space. Both exhibitors and retailers seemed to be satisfied with the show, as was the management of the Munich Fair. “With latest ispo version we experienced highest figures of visitors and exhibitors ever. This successful event mirrors the positive attitude of the sport sector”, said Manfred Wutzlhofer, Fair Munich’s chairperson of management.

Safety, womenswear, Nordic Fitness, technical innovations in ski- and snowboards as well as the integration of technical toys like iPods, mobile phones and MP3 players to apparel were the main topics at the show. In addition, upcoming important sport events such as the Winter Olympic Games in Torino and football world championship were important themes.

Alpine-inspired outfits and retro looks made a great comeback and were the winners of the Global Sportstyle Awards. The event took place Tuesday night at ispovision. More than 1,000 guests celebrated together with celebrities such as models Eva Padberg and Marcus Schenkenberg. The winter 2006 award winners in seven categories were as follows: five-time honoree Luis Trenker (women’s outfit, men’s footwear, women’s footwear, brand and designer), Hell is for Heroes (men’s outfit) and Toni Sailor (newcomer of the year).

At a press conference ispo announced that a summer edition of ispo China will be held in Shanghai in August as a complement to the winter edition of ispo China.