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New York Spa Alliance Announces 6th Annual Symposium!

From April 27th, 2010

WHO:     New York Spa Alliance (NYSPA) (

WHAT:    6th Annual Symposium - "The Debate: Wellness vs. Indulgence & The Bottom Line"

WHEN:    May 10-11, 2010 (Operning Reception May 9, 2010)

WHERE:  Hilton Rye Town, Rye Brook, New York

WHY:     "The Debate: Wellneww vs. Indulgence & The Bottom Line" features leaders of the spa and spa hotel/resort development world nationallly and internationally.

The conference will be a place to hear projections and predictions by industry experts and to participate in strategic discussions on all aspects of spa ownership, operations and marketing. Participants will be provided with an excellent and fun opportunity to network and mix it up with leading movers and shakers of the industry.

This Symposium examines the very core of spas, health resorts and related industries. Do guests want more health oriented treatments? How are spas redefining luxury? Are health and sustainability selling points? These are the kind of questions that need and will be discussed at the symposium, with a community effort essential in furthering the advancement and quality of our industry collectively.

Speakers include:

  • Deborah Szekely, Founder, Rancho La Puerta and The Golden Door
  • Mark Keiser, Vice President, Managed Development. Starwood Hotels - Real Estate Group
  • Dr. Mark Liponis, MD, Corporate Medical Director, Canyon Ranch, Author
  • Dr. Dale Atkins, PhD, ("Dr. Dale") Noted Psychologist, Author, Speaker, Television Personality New York
  • Susie Ellis, President, Spa Finder, New York
  • Jeremy McCarthy, Director Global Spa Development & Operations, Starwood Hotels and Resorts World Wide

Plus industry awards and much more...

REGISTRATION: $550.00 per person, including Symposium sessions, materials, meals, breaks and annual NYSPA membership. For a complete program and to register, log onto

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: NYSPA rate of $109.00/night (first come basis) at Hilton Rye Town is available at 1-800-HILTONS. Ask for NYSPA rate/room block.

The New York Spa Alliance (NYSPA) was formed in 2005 to be the voice of our state's vibrant and growing spa business community. NYSPA's vision is to position New York State as a premier destination for spa and wellness related industry, and to serve as a resource for information, education, advocacy and action for our member businesses.

For more information, log onto or contact: Mary Manning, c/o Mirbeau Management Company, LLC, 851 West Genesee Street, Skaneateles, NY 13152; 315-217-4130.