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19 Apr 2018
ISPA to Present Visionary Award in memory of Lori Hutchinson

The International SPA Association (ISPA) will present the 2018 ISPA Visionary Award in memory of Lori Hutchinson at the 28th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, US., from 24-26 September.

“Lori’s energetic spirit was a bright light as she served on countless task forces throughout the years and made an impact on the spa community both personally and professionally,” said ISPA president Lynne McNees. “We are so honoured to be able to celebrate her life and the impact she made on so many in the spa industry.”

Hutchinson began her career at San Francisco’s Stanford Court Hotel in 1978, and in 1982 she opened Campton Place Hotel as director of human resources.

She founded Hutchinson Consulting in 1993 and shaped it into a global leader in hospitality management recruiting. One of her first recruits was her husband, where together they worked to expand their business into new areas – principally the worldwide spa industry – and develop the team that now represents their brand.

Hutchinson served as a member of the board for the International SPA Association from 2007 to 2010. She died in 2016 after a battle with cancer.

“What set Lori apart in all aspects of her life was her genuine, unfeigned, expansive love of people. She reached out, she made connections and she absolutely adored small world stories,” said Bill Hutchinson. “This award is a wonderful and apt tribute to Lori. She was a visionary. She envisioned career paths for people and helped them get there.”

The ISPA Visionary Award is presented each year to someone in the spa industry who has made significant contributions to both the definition and positive movement of health and wellness over the lifetime of their career.

The ISPA Board of Directors voted on this decision at the January board meeting. The award will be accepted on stage during the Conference’s opening general session by Hutchinson’s husband, Bill and her two children, Kate and Tucker.



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16 Jun 2019
The future of medical spas explored in first-ever Swiss Medical Spa & Hospitality Think Tank
The EHL Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH) hosted the first Swiss Medical Spa & Hospitality Think Tank on 6 June 2019 in Chur-Passugg, Switzerland.
14 Jun 2019
Networking, knowledge-sharing: 12th annual Forum HOTel&SPA deemed a success
The 12th annual Forum HOTel&SPA was held on 23 May at the Four Seasons George V Hotel in Paris, with a theme of ‘Multidiversity in Wellness’.
13 Jun 2019
ISPA to host pre-conference ‘Spa Workforce Super Session’
For the first time, the International SPA Association (ISPA) will host a pre-Conference Spa Workforce Super Session focusing on workforce development within the spa industry at the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo. This two and a half-hour workshop will take a deep dive into one of the spa industry’s top priorities of recruiting, retaining and engaging quality talent.
11 Jun 2019
Women's World Cup: FIFA signs gender equality MoU with UN
World governing body FIFA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations (UN) which aims to make football more accessible to women and girls.
06 Jun 2019
APSWC releases White Paper
The Asian Pacific Spa and Wellness Coalition has released a White Paper after its Round Table held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in March 2019.
06 Jun 2019
Huw Edwards: 'We need a cultural shift across government'
Huw Edwards, acting CEO of ukactive, has called for a "cultural shift" across government, in order for it to recognise the crucial role that the physical activity sector can play in improving the nation's health.
06 Jun 2019
Sport England and ukactive launch Communities of Learning platform to 'share what works'
A new leadership learning initiative aims to transform knowledge sharing in the physical activity sector.
22 May 2019
Monaco positions itself as wellness destination with first health & wellness festival
The principality of Monaco will host its first-ever health and wellness festival, ‘In Your Element’, from 5-7 July, in partnership with the Columbus Monte Carlo hotel and Monaco’s World Class Gym.
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