December 5, 2007

On Nov. 12-15, the International SPA Association Conference & Expo continued a 17-year tradition of being the definitive event of the year for the worldwide spa community. The following is a list of facts from the 2007 ISPA Conference & Expo:

  • More than 3,000 spa professionals from 47 countries attended the event held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla., USA.
  • There were more than 400 first-time attendees (record amount).
  • The Conference theme was Imagine the Possibilities.
  • 43 hours of education were offered.
  • The Expo included 450 booths (record amount) representing more than 280 companies.
  • More than 100 new products were launched.
  • There were 80 new exhibitors at the event.
  • The Expo was the largest to date, encompassing 130,000 square feet of space.

Keynote presentations included:

  • Dr. Maya Angelou
  • Jim Collins
  • Arch Stokes

This year’s Visionary Panel included Clodagh, Deborah Szekely and Dr. Brent Bauer.

Award recipients included:

  • ISPA Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award – Dr. Maya Angelou
  • ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award – Dr. Jonathan DeVierville
  • ISPA Visionary Award – Clodagh

Business tools released during the Conference:

  • The ISPA 2007 Spa Industry Study is the newest installment of the respected research on the North American spa industry that ISPA has been conducting since 2000.
  • The Risk Management for Spas e-Learning Course was created by ISPA and the ISPA Foundation in partnership with the Resort Hotel Association. Presented in a series of modules, the course provides education on risk management and highlights key areas to be aware of that will assist spas in understanding risks and limiting exposure.
  • The Spa Professional Career Guide was developed by the ISPA Education Committee to describe the nuances of therapists’ and estheticians’ roles in the spa environment. This free tool for members includes compensation examples, job descriptions and performance expectations.
  • WageWatch introduced a new tool for compiling and comparing compensation data; this tool is offered at a special rate to ISPA members.
  • The ISPA Foundation launched the Charter Club and Friend of the Foundation programs. Available for one year, the Charter Club entails making a contribution of $500 or more between Nov. 1, 2007 and Nov. 30, 2008. The Friend of the Foundation designation requires a donation of $50 or more.

Looking ahead to 2008…

  • The 2008 ISPA Conference & Expo will be held Nov. 10-13 at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.
  • Renowned photographer Dewitt Jones will be the opening keynote speaker. Following numerous requests, Jones was invited back as a speaker following his memorable presentation at the 2001 Conference.
  • Marking her fourth year as ISPA’s master of ceremonies, Dr. Bertice Berry will bring her humor, music and wisdom to the stage in Las Vegas.

Thank you to our Sponsors

The ISPA Conference & Expo would not be possible without the support of dozens of dedicated sponsors. ISPA gives special thanks to our Corporate Partners: Precor, the official fitness equipment provider of ISPA; and Hay House, the official inspirational and self-help publisher of ISPA. All of the Conference sponsors are listed below.

Corporate Partners:

Hay House Lifestyles

Precor Inc.


Chadsworth & Haig




MD Skincare

Murad Inc.



Universal Companies Inc.


B. Kamins Chemist

Germaine de Capuccini, S.A.

Harmonix Corporation


Kerstin Florian International

Mary Cohr Presented by Dragonfly


Rain Vodka


SANIJET Pipeless Hydrotherapy

Skin Authority

SpaSoft/Springer-Miller Systems


All Amenity, LLC

American Massage Therapy Association

Anakiri BioEnergetic Skin Care

The Art of Shaving

Astron Clinicia

Athena Cosmetics, Inc.


Chella Professional Skin Care

Collective Wellbeing

Conair/Satin Smooth

Cosmetiques France Laure

Cybex International


DDF (Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula)

Dynamis Skin Science

Edge Systems Corporation

Elixir Tonics & Teas

Gehwol Foot Care

Get Fresh

Goldfaden Skincare

H. COS. Inc.

Howard Packaging


The Industry Source

Infinity Sun

Institut Esthederm


Jen Morgan Company

Joey New York


Julianna Rae

KN Karen Neuburger Brand

Matrix Fitness Systems

Nautica -The Spa Collection

NewBeauty Magazine


Northern International

Nougat London

Olvon Distribution

Organic Style

Physician Endorsed, LLC

Phytomer Corporation, USA


S Doyer Hydro Inc.

Selection Naturelle

Sense Clothing

Skin Inc. Magazine


Spa Finder

Spa Magazine


Wellness Enterprises, LLC

Whish Body


The Big Ox, II

Smith & Hawken

Touch America

About the International SPA Association

ISPA is recognized worldwide as the leading professional organization and voice of the spa industry. ISPA’s membership is comprised of more than 3,000 health and wellness facilities and providers from 75 countries. ISPA advances the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, promoting the value of the spa experience and speaking as the authoritative voice to foster professionalism and growth. More details on ISPA are available on http://www.experienceispa.com/cms/cms/articles/.

Spas are places devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.

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