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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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18 Apr 2019
GWI’s ATM agenda to focus on medical and wellness tourism
The agenda for the Global Wellness Institute’s (GWI) Wellness Symposium at the 2019 Arabian Travel Market (ATM) has been set and will feature experts in both medical tourism and wellness tourism, who will explore emerging trends and opportunities in both sectors.
18 Apr 2019
Finalists revealed for largest ever ukactive Awards
Ukactive has revealed the finalists for its annual industry awards – with this year's edition declared as the largest ever.
17 Apr 2019
Body image revealed as theme for 2019 Mental Health Awareness Week
The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has chosen body image as the theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week.
14 Apr 2019
Healing Hotels' Anne Biging receives ‘Woman of the Decade’ award from Women’s Economic Forum
Anne Biging, co-founder and CEO of Healing Hotels of the World, has been named ‘Woman of the Decade in Business & Leadership’ at the Women’s Economic Forum (WEF) in New Delhi, India.
08 Apr 2019
World Leisure now accepting applications for Innovation Prize
World Leisure Organization (WLO) is now accepting applications for the 8th edition of the World Leisure International Innovation Prize.
05 Apr 2019
Elevate signs up Metro Blind Sport as charity partner to promote inclusivity
The organiser of physical activity trade show Elevate has signed up Metro Blind Sport as its charity partner for this year's event.
03 Apr 2019
EHFF 2019: European fitness market still growing
The European fitness market continues to grow at a steady rate, according to the latest European Health & Fitness Market Report, published in partnership by Deloitte and EuropeActive.
28 Mar 2019
Second annual Women in Wellness Leadership Conference inspires professional growth
Approximately 250 women attended American Spa’s second Women in Wellness Leadership Conference at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on 12 March.
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