Global Spa Summit Gaining Momentum…Kempinski President and CEO to Keynote
Susie Ellis, SpaFinder Insider
This time of year I spend a great deal of my days working on details for the upcoming Global Spa Summit
(GSS). I consider it a privilege to do so – and have to admit I really enjoy it.
This year’s Summit will take place at the Victoria Jungfrau Hotel in Interlaken, Switzerland. For those of you who do not know much about the GSS, you might enjoy looking at the website. (And check out the “Spa Resources
” tab where you will find a listing of all the spa research around the and all the spa associations from around the world.)
The GSS was started by a group of spa industry executives who wanted to gather together on a regular basis with peers to address industry concerns. Peter and I were part of that group. The motto “Joining Together. Shaping the Future.” was chosen and the first Summit held in New York City in 2007. The Global Spa Summit is modeled after the World Economic Forum in that it is an invitation-only event, supported largely by attendees and a few partner sponsors. Past keynote speakers include Steve Case, Ian Schrager and Dr. Richard Carmona.
This year one of our formidable keynote speakers will be Mr. Reto Wittwer
who is t
he President and CEO of Kempinski Hotels
. The Kempinski name is famous around the world as it is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel brand which was founded in Germany 111 years ago.
This year’s Summit theme is “The Power of Collaboration” which is quite timely given the economic turbulence that has blanketed the world. As the Summit agenda unfolds, I get more and more excited. Hopefully I will see some of you at the conference – and for those who won’t be making it this year, I will share some of the insights learned via my blog. Stay tuned.
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