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02 Oct 2017
ISPA confirms conference to go ahead despite Mandalay Bay tragedy

The International Spa Association’s annual conference at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas will go ahead, despite the killing spree in which a gunman took at least 50 lives.

Organisers confirmed that the conference, from 16 to 18 October, will go ahead as planned despite last night’s events when a gunman opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon on revelers attending a nearby music festival.

ISPA president Lynne McNees said she had received a handful of enquiries from exhibitors asking about preparations for the event and confirmed that no changes have been made to the conference or the pre-event logistics for exhibitors.

“We've learned over time how strong our spa community is when it joins together and now is the time for us to do that once again,” said McNees in a statement. “We hope you will join us in sending thoughts and positive energy to those who were impacted by the horrible tragedy in Las Vegas last night.

“In two short weeks, we will gather together as a community and rally around those who have been impacted by this event, as well as the other tragic events that have unfolded over the last few weeks.

“We are sensitive to how this has impacted our team at Mandalay Bay as we can only imagine how difficult it is to endure such a tragedy. As we learn more after they have time to process this senseless act, we will be in touch and share more information. Together we stand united.”

The Spa Business and Spa Opportunities team plans to attend the ISPA Conference, and will bring you news from the event through our website and in our magazine.

Keynote speakers at this year’s conference include social psychologist Amy Cuddy; author Daniel Pink and NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. The three-day event features speakers, professional development sessions and an industry trade show.


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19 Sep 2018
Edgbaston to increase capacity for Ashes test and World Cup
Edgbaston Stadium is increasing its capacity ahead of a bumper year of international cricket in 2019, when the venue will host an Ashes test as well as matches during the ICC Cricket World Cup.
18 Sep 2018
Tokyo preparing for 'transformative' Olympic Games
The organising committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has pledged to use the 'power of sport to change the world', when it hosts the event in two years' time.
13 Sep 2018
Global Wellness Institute to release in-depth analysis on global wellness economy
The Global Wellness Institute will release an in-depth update of its Global Wellness Economy Monitor at this year’s Global Wellness Summit, taking place at Technogym Village, Cesena, Italy, 6-8 October.
13 Sep 2018
Freedom of movement to lead agenda at ETOA European Tourism Summit
This year's European Tourism Summit, which is being held in Lucerne next month, will focus on the threats on freedom of movement and other key issues facing the European tourism sector.
11 Sep 2018
Rem Koolhaas to deliver keynote at World Architecture Festival
Dutch architect and founder of Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) Rem Koolhaas will deliver the closing keynote speech at the 2018 World Architecture Festival (WAF).
06 Sep 2018
Irene and Rocco Forte to discuss intergenerational collaboration at GWS
International hotelier Sir Rocco Forte and his daughter, Irene Forte, will share insights into how intergenerational collaboration has helped the award-winning hospitality company embrace generations of guests, including the coveted millennials, during the Global Wellness Summit next month in Italy.
03 Sep 2018
Indonesia throws its hat in 2032 Olympic bid ring
Indonesian president Joko Widodo has revealed the country's intentions to bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
04 Sep 2018
Former NBA Europe chief Ben Morel named CEO of Six Nations Rugby
The Six Nations Council has appointed Benjamin Morel as the new chief executive of Six Nations Rugby – the organisation responsible for the international rugby championship.
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