Spa industry leaders from all over the world gathered for the 24th annual International SPA Association (ISPA) Conference & Expo at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., USA. The annual event headlined a mix of inspiring keynotes, professional development offerings and an expo floor featuring the newest spa products.
"ISPA members create memorable experiences for their customers year round. This year's Conference helped attendees create their own extraordinary experience filled with collaborative ideas and lasting connections that will help them excel personally and professionally," said ISPA President Lynne McNees.
This year's theme, "Create," challenged ISPA attendees to be creative in all aspects of their business. General Session speakers were Erik Wahl, renowned graffiti artist; Mike Walsh, futuristic business analyst; and Jewel, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter. Award recipients included Jim Root, ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award; Jane Iredale, ISPA Visionary Award; Josee-Ann Cloutier and Nicole Meneveau, co-ISPA Foundation Mary Tabacchi Award recipients; and Jewel, Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award.
A few interesting facts and figures from the ISPA Conference & Expo:
41 countries represented
113 pages of new research released
122 new product launches
229 ISPA Conference exhibitors and sponsors
293 ISPA Foundation live and silent auction items
6,450 bags of product gifts dropped in attendees' hotel rooms
10,000 dollars in scholarships awarded
17,000 meals provided to children through World Food Program
Details on future ISPA events can be found at attendISPA.com. The 25th annual ISPA Conference & Expo will be held at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., October 19-21, 2015.