We grabbed a quick coffee ( online ! ) with the ever fit and lean Suzanne Hosley, Managing Director of FIT Thailand and founder of AFC !
In 2009 there was the airport closure, 2010 - the red shirt demonstrations and 2011 – the floods…so we thought changing from Bangkok might be a good idea! Seriously, the venue at the Dusit Thani Pattaya is spectacular !
5 HUGE rooms with no pillars, an opportunity to do beach & pool sessions and other outdoor sessions for a change is nice ! The view is nice and the grounds are great.
What do you think will stand out about AFC this year ? Anything to get participants extra excited ?
Sure ! Lots more delegate participation …We have 3 competitions – the Biggest Winner (apply NOW), Fitness Idol, and So You Think You Are Fit?
All great fun and an opportunity for delegates to star, with winners up on stage.
In addition, we have some spectacular shows – Parkour’s two greatest stars doing a spectacular show at the opening, the world famous Tiffany’s show at the Saturday night party and Nong Tum (Beautiful Boxer) doing an opening talk and demo, plus award ceremonies and an opportunity on Sunday to sit down to lunch with one of your favorite presenters.
Anything that you are doing differently this year ( apart from the change in venue ) ?
In addition to the above new additions, we will have 7 concurrent streams, allowing people more choices and we have 120+ sessions and 40+ presenters. we also have 20+ pre and post convention sessions going in all kinds of areas, from Feldenkrais to Bootcamp and anything in between.
Finally, we have a surprise opening in which delegates will be able to hear from some of the presenters and delegates about how they embody the theme. In terms of administration, we will have handouts downloadable in advance of the sessions (we DO listen to delegate suggestions!) and we will simplify the entry to sessions.
We’ve also increased the time between sessions so delegates can relax a bit, check out the exhibition, have some food and get ready to go again.
Any parting words you have for our Malaysian fitness professionals & enthusiasts to lure them to AFC 2012 ?
Sure, make the time for it, you will NOT regret it. AFC is a fantastic opportunity to network, to upgrade knowledge and skills, to get inspired, to validate your choice of career and know that you too can make a huge difference in the lives that you touch. We will be opening session registration next week to those who have already registered and then we will open it to all the following week. So, avoid disappointment and get in early!