Spa professionals from around the globe came together for the 23rd annual International SPA Association (ISPA) Conference & Expo at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., USA. The annual gathering is the spa industry's premier event, featuring a lineup of well-known and respected speakers and an expo floor highlighting the latest spa products and treatments.
"Spa professionals realize that making an investment in the ISPA Conference & Expo is making an investment in the future success of their business," says ISPA President Lynne McNees. "Attendees made business connections, discovered the offerings at the ISPA Expo and heard from top-rated speakers all in one place."
This year's theme, "Grow," resonated with ISPA attendees as they are challenged to cultivate their business and soul, and to grow the mind, body and spirit. Attendees connected with each other, gain insight into the latest spa innovations, explore new business tactics and grow as a spa community.
Here are a few interesting facts and figures about the Conference.
18 professional development sessions
33 hours of education
37 countries represented
50 new product launches
220 ISPA Conference exhibitors and sponsors
288 items at the ISPA Foundation Auction
400 Instagram pictures taken
1,000 trees planted in India as part of ISPA's commitment to giving back
1,300 tweets about the ISPA Conference
11,687 ISPA Twitter followers
In addition, three awards were given out during the ISPA Conference & Expo.
Blake Mycoskie, founder and chief shoe giver of TOMS, was honored at the General Session on Monday, October 21, as the recipient of the 2013 International SPA Association Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award. Mycoskie also gave the Opening General Session keynote address.
Mary Bemis, co-founder of American Spa Magazine, was honored at the General Session on Tuesday, October 22, as the recipient of the 2013 International SPA Association Dedicated Contributor Award.
Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Aveda Corporation and Intelligent Nutrients, was honored at the General Session on Wednesday, October 23, as the recipient of the 2013 International SPA Association Visionary Award.
For more on the 2013 ISPA Conference & Expo, visit ISPA2013.com. The 2014 ISPA Conference and Expo will be held Oct. 13 - 15, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev., USA.