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24 Apr 2023
Medical Wellness Congress 2023 gets underway in Austria

International medical and wellness professionals are congregating today in Austria at St. Martins Spa and Lodge for the second annual Medical Wellness Congress (MWC).

Co-organised by Health and Beauty France – a subsidiary of the Bolognafiere Cosmoprof group headed by Pradip Bala and Vladi Kovanic, founder of Forum HOTel&SPA – the two-day conference is the first European event targeting the global medical spa sector.

This year’s event will centre around the theme “Focus on Integrative Wellness”.

The congress is attended by managers and directors of medical and wellness properties – including medispas, spa resorts, thermal baths, thalasso resorts, wellness centres or holistic retreat destinations, in addition to doctors, therapists, practitioners or any professionals related to the medical and wellness fields.

The schedule will see international specialists and industry brands come together in discussion during keynotes, panels, workshops and live demonstrations.

Industry figures featured in the line-up include:
• Beata Aleksandrowicz, founder of the Aleksandrowicz System.
• Dr Boris Banovsky, group medical director for the Ensana Health Spa Resorts Group.
• Nils Behrens, managing director and CMO of the Lanserhof Group.
• Emlyn Brown, global vice president of wellbeing at Accor.
• Anna Bjurstam, senior strategic advisor at Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.
• Sammy Gharieni, founder and CEO of the Gharieni Group.
• Andrew Gibson, international wellness and hospitality specialist.
• Alina Hernandez, wellness programme designer and Gharieni Group Advisory Board member.
• Patrick Huey, chair of the Board for the International Spa Association (ISPA).
• Susanne Kraus-Winkler, state secretary for tourism of the Republic of Austria
• Dr Franz Linser, founder and managing director of Linser Hospitality.
• Tammy Pahel, chief wellness officer of Alchemy Wellness Resorts.
• Keith Pollard, editor-in-chief at International Medical Travel Journal.
• Laszlo Puczko – co-founder and CEO of Health Tourism Worldwide.
• Simon Lee Saunders, VP of strategic health & wellness advisory at RLA Global.
• Mudr. Kateřina Smíšková, leader of the Spiral Spinal Stabilisation Method Centre.

Delegates will also get the opportunity to forge new relationships during various networking moments including a plush gala dinner.

Established brands – such as Gharieni Group, Hydrafacial, Art of Cryo, Biologique Recherche, Olivier Claire, Laboratoire Revitacare, CeGat, Dr Spiller, Kerstin Florian and Derm Acte – are also in attendance.

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16 May 2023
RWS reveals new name, creates a 'powerhouse team' with JRA, Ted and ARC
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09 May 2023
Spa professionals gather in Vegas as ISPA Conference and Expo 2023 gets underway
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04 May 2023
Rudding Park hosts inaugural UK Aufguss Championships
During 25-26 April, the UK's first-ever national Aufguss Championship contest took place at luxury UK hotel and destination spa Rudding Park in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
14 Apr 2023
Deloitte, McKinsey and European Datahub join Chuck Runyon in stellar speaker lineup at EHFF
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13 Apr 2023
Speaker line-up revealed for 2023 GWS Wellness Real Estate & Communities Symposium
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is gearing up to host its second annual Wellness Real Estate & Communities Symposium at JPMorgan Chase & Co. headquarters in Manhattan, New York, on 2 May 2023.
30 Mar 2023
New federation – World Active – reveals its charter and manifesto ahead of inauguration at FIBO
World Active has finalised its charter, which it plans to adopt at its first-ever general assembly held during the FIBO Global Fitness in Cologne in April.
08 Mar 2023
Kamalaya takes top honours at 2023 World Spa and Wellness Awards ceremony
The winners of the World Spa & Wellness (WSW) Awards were announced at a gala dinner last weekend during the 2023 WSW conference in London.
03 Mar 2023
Cathy Feliciano-Chon, Ali Al Kuwari named 2023 Global Wellness Summit co-chairs
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has appointed Cathy Feliciano-Chon – a leading brand development and communications expert with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai – and Ali Al Kuwari, CEO of Qatar-based developer Msheireb Properties, as co-chairs of its 2023 summit.
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