IFMA (the acronym remains inscrutable) is a cycling convention of manufacturers, tourism bureaus promoting cycling and roller sports. Started today and opens to the public Sat & Sun this wk.
The German homepage is cooler: http://www.ifma-cologne.de/
than the English page to show something of the lineup.
Exhibit halls are just across the Rhine from the Dom...
The list of exhibitors is conspicuously absent many American vendors or representatives. A quick glance through 4 or 5 alphabetically-listed vendor lists seem to show primarily German, some other European and a strong representation by Chinese and other Asian companies, tourism agencies, industrial representatives.
[Yes, I realize there is another 'global' cycling convention in Las Vegas sometime around now. No, I haven't looked at the Vegas show's list of exhibitors for a comparison of exhibitors' country-of-origin but it would be an interesting question to pursue.]
My curiosity is piqued and I'll be there early Saturday a.m. on the 1st day it is open to the public. Will report back soon.
How many of you have been to a cycling convention?