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22 Jan 2019
Chicago sees launch of new regional spa association

Chicago is the third-largest city in the US, with a population of 2.7 million, and is home to world-class shopping, hospitality, cultural, and arts & entertainment options.

The Chicago downtown area alone has more than 75 high-quality spas, yet in spite of this ripe environment, the Chicago spa industry has not had a strong voice since the dormancy of the Great Lakes Spa Alliance.

So in the interest of collaboration, earlier this month some 35 managers and owners of local spas came together for an evening of education and networking, hosted by the Chuan Spa at the Langham Hotel and the director of spa for North America for Langham, William Wesley Myers.

The group has tentatively called themselves CLASP, for ChicagoLand Area Spa Professionals, and will explore forming an association that can provide a platform for local spa professionals.

After gathering for cocktails, I shared a presentation on the current state of the spa industry globally, and showed the group a number of ideas and concepts for spa and wellness trends around the world.

The attendees were then treated to a demonstration by Julie Wu of Rad Roller, creators of a line of massage tools that can be used by professionals or clients themselves to improve mobility and relieve stress points in the body.

“The feedback was very positive, and attendees agreed that collaboration makes everyone stronger,” said Myers.

In a country as large and widespread as the US, regional spa associations play an important role in bringing professionals together and advancing causes that are specific and relevant for the region.

CLASP will plan more networking and educational events later this year; for more information, look for the Chicagoland Area Spa Professionals (CLASP)’s group on LinkedIn.


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19 Feb 2019
Elevate and ukactive tie the knot to strengthen event seminar programme
ukactive has signed a three-year partnership with physical activity trade show Elevate.
14 Feb 2019
IAAPA winter forum addresses crisis issues
Crisis management and public relations were mixed with water and wildlife as more than 60 attractions industry professionals from 14 countries attended trade association IAAPA’s EMEA Winter Forum in the Canary Islands, Spain, at the end of January 2019.
14 Feb 2019
Speakers announced for Women in Wellness event
The Women in Wellness Leadership Conference, set to take place on 12 March in New York City, has announced a host of speakers designed to motivate attendees and galvanise them to take charge of their careers and lead with confidence.
11 Feb 2019
AEG Facilities and SMG merge to create global venue management business
AEG Facilities and SMG has revealed plans to merge, creating a standalone global facility management and venue services company that will operate as ASM Global.
11 Feb 2019
Tokyo 2020 medals to be made from salvaged metals from recycled electronic devices
All medals at the Tokyo 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be made from recycled electronic devices – such as discarded mobile phones, digital cameras, laptops and other handheld devices.
08 Feb 2019
Seven sports secure UK Sport funding to help with Tokyo 2020 plans
Seven sports will receive extra funding to support their plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
08 Feb 2019
Bryan Williams to receive the ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award
Dr Bryan Williams will be the recipient of the 2019 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award. Williams is an international speaker and author who first spoke to ISPA members in 2006 and focuses on service excellence and leadership effectiveness.
05 Feb 2019
Chris Evans launches RunFestRun event
Radio DJ and media personality Chris Evans has launched a new running and music festival.
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