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November Webinar


Leading Spas Switzerland Edition: Insight, Commissions & Incentives from the Luxury Brand Collection

Hosted by Leading Spas of the World
Moderated by Spafinder Wellness Vice President, Brad Jones

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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Combine Leading Spas and the idyllic destination of Switzerland, and your clients and you will get the most out of the spa travel experience.

This webinar showcased:

  • Deals, deals, deals: Commissionable offers & industry incentives for all Leading Spa properties
  • LSW Spotlight: A detailed look into a featured Leading Spa location
  • Exciting news: Announcement of a new Leading Spa!
  • Travel tips and more: Discover the hotspots, local customs and etiquette to make your clients Swiss trip seamless
  • Expert insight: Q&A with Leading Spas connoisseur Sharon Ullrick

Representing some of the worlds finest spas, the Leading Spas collection defines luxury. The brand, the first to offer an international spa evaluation and accreditation program, showcases a carefully curated portfolio of 100 exquisite spa locations, all of which embrace unparalleled standards and excellence in hospitality to entice your most discerning clients.

Past Webinars


Hawaii Spa-O: Say Aloha to Increased Bookings, Commissions and Island Paradise

Hosted by Sharon Ogawa of the Hawaii Spa Association

Moderated by Spafinder"s President, Susie Ellis

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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This webinar showcased:

  • Spa-ing island style: Alluring resort/hotel spa ideas--from dreamy hideaways to family-friendly vacation spots--to accommodate your clients
  • Natural beauty: Indigenous spa rituals that immerse clients in an authentic Hawaiian experience
  • Adventure zone: Island wellness activities by land or by sea
  • Major deals: Information on exclusive incentives, exciting commissionable deals and thrilling FAM trips!

Entice clients to slip into island time: Insight from the Hawaii Spa Association"s Sharon Ogawa, paired with informational selling tips, will help you take advantage of the lucrative, sought-after travel sector of Hawaii. From its sun-dappled golden beaches and its sapphire waters to its storied South Pacific culture and its dramatic volcanic terrain, the Aloha State welcomes visitors to the perfect paradise destination.


Increase Your Travel Insight on France and Italy With Two Boards of Tourism Special Extended Webinar

Hosted by the France Tourism Development Agency"s Isabelle Perny and the Italian Government Tourist Board"s Andrea Moretti

Moderated by Spafinder"s Vice President, Brad Jones

Thursday, July 12, 2012

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This webinar included:

  • Spa, Wellness and a Cultured Lifestyle Take Center Stage in the Extraordinary Destinations of France and Italy.
  • Learn about the spa and wellness experiences that celebrate joie de vivre
  • Say benvenuto to other cultural highlights that make these two countries unique

Whether youre a European connoisseur in the travel agent industry or youd like to expand into that sector, this webinar will provide keen information to meet your clients travel needs. Consume insight from those who know France and Italys unrivaled offerings best and enhance your bookings and commissions in two countries that appeal to true romantics, solo travelers and families.

PLUS, learn about exciting incentives and special packages.


Spa, Sun & Surf: Time to Heat Up Commissions in Miami

Hosted by Kathleen Tripptree, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Moderated by Sallie Fraenkel, Spafinders Executive Vice President of Corporate Development & Industry Relations

Thursday, April 26, 2012 12:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

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This webinar included:

  • Paradise playground: The beach factor and spa take precedence in Miami
  • Fun in the sun: Dine, play, indulge and explore
  • Sea and be seen: An inside look at iconic Miami beachfront hotels, Fontainebleau and Eden Roc

Spa access remains the number-one traveler consideration, followed by proximity to beach, according to Spafinders fifth annual State of Spa Travel survey. Balance the two sumptuous spas and pristine beaches and it becomes one hot market for travel agents. This informational webinar will target the Miami scene, brimming with spas, shoreline, nightlife and opportunities to heat up your bookings and commissions.


Wellness and Adventure Spas, Plus Commission, Await in Australia

Hosted by Kat Damiano, Market Development Manager - Americas, Tourism Queensland

Moderated by Spafinder"s Bradford Jones, Vice President, Product Marketing & Distribution

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

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This webinar included:

  • Tourism Queensland expert Kat Damiano shares why Australia offers a wealth of opportunity for your business
  • The latest travel trends to hit Australia
  • Hot new resort and hotel plans in the Queensland pipeline
  • Top wellness & adventure spa destinations , including examples from renowned properties: Hayman Great Barrier Reef, a Leading Spas of the World member, and Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, the 2011 Spafinder Readers Choice Award Crystal winner
  • Selling tips to grow your bookings in this unique travel sector
Learn about spa and wellness travel Aussie-style!
Tourism Queensland and Spafinder pack their high-level spa travel expertise into this 30-minute exclusive webinar to help you understand and ultimately profit from the scope and opportunities in Australia, a stunningly beautiful destination where spa, adventure and wellness coincide.


What"s in Store for 2012: Top 10 Spa Trends + Trendy/Stylish Spas

Hosted by Spafinder President Susie Ellis

Thursday, January 19, 2012 (12:30pm EST)

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Get an insiders look into this years industry happenings.

  • Learn the top 10 trends from wellness coaching to pairing fine dining and spa-ing to spas become a family affair and more that will take over the spa travel industry in this new year.
  • Garner new travel destination ideas to entice your clients and find their best fit and to help you profit from this lucrative travel market.
  • Discover why Spafinder continues to be credited with forecasting numerous industry mega-trends that have taken hold across the globe.
Find out more about the top industry trends to share with your spa-loving clients! Spafinder President Susie Ellis shares her insight on the spa industry by highlighting results from the Spafinder 2012 Spa Trend Report: Top 10 Global Spa Trends Forecast. This global forecast, now in its ninth year, distinguishes the state of the spa industry for the upcoming year and gives you insight into helping clients who love to combine spa with travel when it comes to future destination plans.


Find Your Clients" Perfect Spa Match, Free Tools & Travel Survey Findings

Hosted by Spafinder"s Executive VP of Corporate Communications, Sallie Fraenkel and Vice President, Brad Jones

Thurs, December 15, 2011 (12:30pm EST)

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Find out more about Spafinder"s Travel Agent program and these free tools that will help grow your business and help you profit from this lucrative travel market. In this webinar, we"ll also share select results from Spafinder"s new State of Spa Travel report (highlights include such facts as agents ranking "increased interest in spa travel specifically for wellness/health" as a top emerging spa travel trend for 2011 you won"t want to miss the additional findings!)


Tip the Scale in Your Favor: Gain More Bookings for Weight Loss Spas

Hosted by Spafinder President Susie Ellis and Sharon Ullrick, Marketing Manager of Leading Spas

Thurs, Nov 17, 2011 (12:30pm EST)

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Sharon Ullrick has been actively involved with spa travel for more than 20 years. She is proud to be part of the dynamic spa and leisure initiative with The Leading Hotels of the World. Previously, Ms. Ullrick held numerous positions with Spafinder, Inc. and therefore has a very keen understanding of the spa consumer and the travel agent sector.


How to Choose the Right Destination Spa

Hosted by Chris Bird, Mii amo General Manager

Thurs, October 13, 2011 (12:30pm EST)

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As general manager of Mii amo, Chris Bird is responsible for overseeing the operations and staffing of the 24,000-square-foot spa located on the grounds of Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona. The spa includes 16 guest rooms, 22 treatment rooms, 60 therapists, a retail boutique, fitness facilities and a full-service restaurant and bar. Along with day-to-day operations, Chris focuses on providing the ultimate guest experience and maintaining the vision through treatments, activities and programming. Since he joined Mii amo, the renowned spa has achieved several prestigious accolades, including being named 2009 "World"s Best Destination Spa" by the readers of Travel + Leisure.


Luxury Spas of Asia

Hosted by Sonu Shivdasani, Founder and CEO, Six Senses Resorts & Spas

Mon, September 19, 2011 (10:00-11:00am EST)

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Sonu is chairman and CEO of Six Senses Resorts and Spas, a resort and spa management and development company that was established in 1988. The Six Senses Spa philosophy is to design creative, contemporary sanctuaries reflecting the host culture and to offer a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments for balancing the senses, administered under the guidance of expert therapists.


Sneak Peek at Spafinder"s New Expanded Travel Agent Program

Hosted by Spafinder President Susie Ellis, Chief Marketing Officer Sallie Fraenkel and Vice President Brad Jones

Tues, August 23, 2011 (3:00-3:30pm EST)


Capture new customers, maximize your commissions and learn how to own the spa travel market with Spafinder, the travel agent resource for spa travel since 1986. This webinar, complete with a Q&A session at the end, will introduce you to our new Travel Agent website, offer insightful tools for you to help drive new customers, and introduce you to our new and improved Travel Agent and Spa Specialist program, an extensive initiative that will drive the millions of consumers that come to our site annually to you.

If you"d like to be a contributor to our travel agent webinar series, or if you have ideas on topics you think would be helpful to travel agents, contact Sallie Fraenkel at, or 212-716-1202.