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New York Spa Alliance Launches Website in Tandem with First Full-Scale Membership Drive

From March 2nd, 2009


Mary Manning



New York Spa Alliance Launches Website in Tandem with

First Full-Scale Membership Drive

NYSPA Sets Busy Spring Agenda With Participation in IECSC New York in April

and its own 5th Annual Symposium in Rye, New York, in May


SKANEATELES, NY - March 2, 2009 - New York Spa Alliance (NYSPA), the voice of New York State's vital and vibrant spa business community, is ready for prime time, launching its new website ( as it mounts its first full scale membership drive.

Simultaneously, NYSPA is issuing a call to "save the date" for two events: IECSC New York April 26-28 ( and NYSPA's highly popular 5th Annual Symposium which will be held at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York, May 8-9, 2009 (

"NYSPA's board of directors has spent a great deal of time and thought on strategy and planning," said Gary Dower, managing partner, Mirbeau Inn & Spa and NYSPA's Chairman. "In the process, we have produced four excellent symposia which have served as a springboard for founding membership. NYSPA's Fifth Annual Symposium, entitled "Developing in the Next Decade," is being held with The Leading Spas of the World and Cornell Hotel Society of New  York City.

To be held at the Rye Town Hilton, the Symposium features an impressive lineup of participants under the direction of Symposium director and NYSPA board member Mary Tabacchi, professor, Cornell University's School of Hospitality and Tourism.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Rick Aidekman, Co-Owner, Cornelia Day Resort
  • Bruce Baltin, Vice President, PKF
  • Clodagh, Owner, Clodagh Design
  • Alon Ben-Gurion, General Manager, Rye Town Hilton
  • Annbeth Eschbach, Founder and CEO, Exhale
  • Jan Freitag, Vice President, STR
  • Neil Jacobs, President, Global Hotel Operations, Starwood Capital Group
  • Steve Kass, CEO, American Leisure
  • Jeanie Klueter, Architect, Director of Spa and Wellness Design,WATG
  • Nicole Lingos, Director of Marketing, The Leading Spas of the World
  • Anne R. Lloyd-Jones, CRE Senior Vice President HVS
  • Anna Mancebo ,Vice President Spas and Retail, Marriott
  • Teresa McKee, Chief Operating Officer, Red Door Spas
  • Greg Miller, CEO and President, PM Hospitality Strategies
  • Deniz Omurgonlusen, President, Cornell Hotel Society, NYC, Director, Membership Development, The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.
  • Ellen Sackoff, Co-Owner, Cornelia Day Resort
  • Barbara Talbott, Principal, GlenLarkin Advisors, LLC
  • Gordon Tareta, Vice President, Hyatt Spas
  • Simon Turner, President, Global Development Starwood Hotels and Resorts

 "With the foundation in place," added Dower, "we are seeking to expand NYSPA's ranks with spa industry owners, developers, financiers, real estate owners, operators, and allied entities and individuals whose passion, energy and enthusiasm will aid NYSPA in bringing the state's spa business  community to the forefront among consumers, entrepreneurs, educators, institutions and state government."

To that end, NYSPA has accepted an invitation to host its own sessions at the upcoming IECSC New York, at Jacob Javits Center, New York City, April 26-28, 2009. Free to NYSPA members and IECSC's Spa Business Conference registrants, the sessions will be held on Monday, April 27. From 10:45 am - 12 Noon "The New York Spa Alliance: History, Mission and Vision" features speakers New York's former Attorney General Mary Anne Krupsak, Esq. and Les Moore, ND, LAC, MSOM -- both NYSPA founders. From 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, a panel discussion addresses "Growth & Development of the Spa Industry in New York State."

NYSPA's mission is twofold: to reestablish New York State as the premier location in the country for Spa and related wellness businesses; and to serve as a resource for information, education, advocacy, action and assistance to the New York spa businesses and the communities they support.

Key to communicating these messages is NYSPA's new website, Content includes background on the organization, its vision, mission and guiding principals, membership information, educational content and vital research and statistics about the state's spa business community. NYSPA's Board of Directors and information its Annual Symposium may also be found there. Members-only benefits will soon feature job postings, updates on regulatory issues and business trends. Under development is the state's first and only "New York Spa Trail" showing the location of NYSPA member spas ranging from historic mineral springs and resort spas to modern-day destination spas and day spas.

 Who Should Join NYSPA and How

 "Membership is geared to spa owners, developers, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, financial consultants and institutions, spa directors, spa personnel as well as, individuals and allied organizations," explained Sandra Sadowski, spa director of The Ritz-Carlton, New York, and NYSPA's Membership Director. "We are looking for companies and individuals, including students, who are currently involved or are looking to become involved in the spa business in New York State."

Annual Membership Categories and Dues

Organization:   $300 - entitles one individual to participate

                      $150 - additional individuals employed by member organization

Individual:       $300

Student:          $75

Interested parties may apply online via the website. Questions may be directed to Charlotte Wytias at cwytias@

NYSPA was formed to create awareness of and to provide support to New York State's vibrant and vital spa business community. Throughout the 19th Century, New York State was a dominating center for mineral spring spas and related hospitality programs in the United States. Today, the spa business community is in the midst of a new resurgence and is creating significant economic growth for New York State in the areas of health, wellbeing and tourism. This is generating thousands of new jobs throughout New York State and increasingly is a key element in the rejuvenation of rural, suburban and urban communities throughout the State. For more information on NYSPA, log onto or contact: Mary Manning, c/o Mirbeau Management Company, 851 W. Genesee St., Skaneateles, NY 13152; 1-315-217-4130.

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