Also in Annecy, the second European Outdoor Forum will be held on the following week, Oct. 11-12. Outdoor industry and retail executives from all over the world are expected at the conference. The full program is now posted on its website,, where you also can register. The program will be stronger and more focused than the first one held last year. One of the speakers will be Frank Hugelmeyer, president and chief executive of the Outdoor Industry Association of the U.S., who will present the latest figures from the U.S. outdoor market. Edwin Koster, who leads one of the world's leading social compliance training organizations, Social Accountability International, will be one of two speakers on corporate social responsibility. The Outdoor Industry Compass and Sporting Goods Intelligence Europe will again act as co-sponsors of the forum. Their publisher, Eugenio Di Maria, will moderate a session on outdoor retailing featuring the top executives of major chains in Europe, North America and China.