Alison Gilmore, Exhibition Director, ILTM Portfolio comments, “With 57% of people wanting more support in leading a healthier life, especially in the emerging markets (88% in China and 73% in Brazil) – two of the leading global outbound luxury travel markets, there has never been a better time to be an innovator in the health and wellness space. The high-profile panel represented at the Opening Forum of ILTM Spa will both inform and inspire those invited to attend, with an intense education in spa and wellness to anticipate the needs of tomorrow’s consumer.”
Taking place at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, London, Katie Winterbourne, Professional Intuitive at the Harrods Spa Urban Retreat will launch the ILTM Spa Opening Forum by addressing the ever-growing holistic side of the spa industry and her experience of working with conscious awareness, energy and the souls potential.
Exploring both traditional Chinese medicine and western psychology, Karina Stewart, founder of Kamalaya and Dr. Peter Gartner, Parkhotel Igls will then debate and share their insights on both defining areas of health and wellness. At the age of 14, Stewart began meditation and exploring Asian spiritual philosophies and now has 22 years of experience in the study and practice of the diverse Asian healing and spiritual traditions. Dr Gartner is an expert in modern Mayr medicine, as well as holistic medicine, nutrition and physiotherapy as well as acupuncture.
The evolution of the destination spa to now be in a position to anticipate the needs of an increasingly global clientele will be highlighted by two experts: Na Tasukon, Director of Marketing, Chiva-Som and Corrina Yap, Spa Manager, COMO Shambhala Urban Escape. Their entrepreneurial journeys to business success whilst offering new innovations from across the wellness landscape, will offer exclusive practical advice as well as inspiration to those attending this exclusive gathering.
The ILTM Spa Opening Forum will close with an ‘out of the box’ presentation by David Smith of Global Futures and Foresight who will both challenge and inform those present on many of the key issues of the future, in order to stimulate creative thought to help generate new visions and strategies for the changing shape of the spa industry.
An invitation-only, business to business event for the spa industry, ILTM Spa takes place from 30 September – 2 October 2013.