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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’.

Organised by VK-Organisation and Vladi Kovanic, the Forum HOTel&SPA is a one-day conference for hotel, spa, thermal and thalasso industry specialists, designed to create a platform for networking and sharing of knowledge and best practices.

Participants from France, the US, Japan, Mauritius, the Maldives, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Morocco, Portugal, Russia, Luxembourg and Great Britain attended the event.

Speakers included architect Joseph Caspari; Roger Allen, CEO of Resources for Leisure Assets; Beata Aleksandrowicz, co-founder of Pure Massage Spa Training Method; architect Robert Henry; and VP of wellbeing for Accor Hotels Emlyn Brown, among others.

Hosted by Kovanic alongside Jean-Guy de Gabriac, founder of World Wellness Weekend, the goal of the 12th edition was professional exchange, discussion of common projects, and comparison of management methods. Breaks and a cocktail hour facilitated networking among participants.

The event also honours spa managers through the Black and Blue Diamond Awards, created by Forum HOTel&SPA to recognise the best spa manager and thalasso spa manager.

The Blue Diamond Award for thalassotherapy was awarded to Serge Raulic, director of the Thermes Marins de Saint Malo, France.

The Black Diamond Award – an award which designates the best spa manager of the year – included finalists from seven countries.

Top honours went to Anna Hencka-Zyser of Poland, while the second-place Yellow Diamond Award went to Diane Bernardin of France and Aishath Zulfishan of the Maldives, who tied for the award. The White Diamond Award for third place was given to Virginie Fliegans of Switzerland.

The 13th edition of the Forum HOTel&SPA will be held 4 June, 2020.


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16 Jul 2019
Third World Wellness Weekend will be the largest to date
This year's World Wellness Weekend (WWW) will be the largest to date, with 2,000 spas, fitness studios and health clubs taking part across 100 countries.
09 Jul 2019
Inaugural We Work Well event gets positive feedback
While there is no shortage of spa events on the calendar these days, an impactful newcomer arrived on the scene this month: We Work Well, which hosted its first event at The Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California.
01 Jul 2019
Healing Summit announces dates for 2020 event
The Healing Summit will once again return to Portugal’s Algarve coast, with next year’s event taking place 18-19 May, 2020 at the Pine Cliffs Resort in Albufeira.
25 Jun 2019
Inland water fatalities on the increase – one in ten admit nearly drowning
The number of drownings in the UK's inland waters has risen in the last year.
25 Jun 2019
National School Sport Week: two in three parents have no idea of recommended activity levels
Research by YouGov has shown 68 per cent of UK adults to be unaware of the fact that children should take part in 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
24 Jun 2019
Italy's Milan-Cortina bid wins vote to host 2026 winter Olympics
Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo will host the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics – the 25th edition of the Games.
24 Jun 2019
Plans revealed for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games stadium
Conceptual designs have been revealed for Birmingham's Alexander Stadium, set to transform the athletics stadium into the main stadium of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
21 Jun 2019
Wellness Tourism Association introduces new "WTA Annual Award"
There was business as well as wellness on the agenda as the Wellness Tourism Association (WTA) held its second annual membership meeting at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, US, from 29-30 May. One priority? The introduction of the WTA Annual Award (WTAAA).
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