Global Spa & Wellness Summit at Aspen June 3-6

THE GLOBAL SPA & WELLNESS SUMMIT has been set for Aspen ,Colorado, on the Aspen Institute Campus, June 3-6, focusing on the most imaginative and innovative strategies that will be needed to propel the $2 billion global spa and wellness industry forward.

Formerly known as the Global Spa Summit, the organization has also added the word/concept wellness to its name – to reflect the expanded focus of the modern spa industry. Previous gatherings of the invitation-only summit were held inNew York;Interlaken,Switzerland; Instanbul; and Bali.

Seven presenters have already been confirmed: Phillipe Bourguignon, vice-chairman, Revolution Places and former co-chairman of the Davos World Economic Forum; Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th U.S. surgeon general and vice-chairman, Canyon Ranch; Jose Maria Figueres, former president of Costa Rica and an expert on global environmental practices; Academy Award winner Mariel Hemingway, wellness advocate; John Kao, author of Innovation Nation and creator of executive programs and innovation at Harvard Business School; Peter Rummell, former president of Disney Imagineering and chairman of the Urban Land Institute; and Elizabeth Stephenson, partner, McKinset & Company.

“The spa and wellness industry faces vast opportunities but also confronts complex challenges, while serving more sophisticated consumers demanding more and “different” but with a shrinking pool of talented staff, says Phillipe Bourguignon, co-chair of the 2012 agenda and aSummit board member.

“The answer, I believe, is innovation through imagination.” Great companies, he added, are founded on innovation, not from market surveys. It doesn’t stem from experience but from a vision of what we wish to experience tomorrow.

This year’s agenda will purposely exit the industry “highways” to explore new side roads.  “It will incite us to use our imaginations to become more innovative so that this industry can continue to speak to people’s imaginations.”

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