Messe Friedrichshafen, the organizer of the OutDoor show, continues to improve the local infrastructure to meet the demands of the European Outdoor Group (EOG), which backs the event as the representative of the European industry.

Ibis is to open a new hotel at Friedrichshafen airport by July 1. The hotel chain offers low-priced accomodation with services such as breakfast charged at an additional cost. The new hotel has some 80 rooms.

Ryanair, the Irish low-cost carrier, is to start flights to the small airport in Memmingen, about 90 kilometers from Friedrichshafen. Starting from May 1, the airline will connect the town directly with locations such as London (Stansted), two airports in Catalonia near Barcelona (Reus and Gerona) as well as Alicante, Pisa and Dublin.

The layout of the show has changed, too, with the construction of two new halls in the eastern part of the venue. The eastern side gets a fully-fledged entrance area with a conference center for press conferences and other seminars. This ‘Foyer Ost’ will also host some climbing events.

Footwear manufacturers will be transferred to the large hall A6. Even though the shoe companies were well represented in hall A2, the fast growing footwear industry was squeezed and clearly under-represented in the smallest hall of the entire venue.