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Press Release: NYSPA Fourth Annual Symposium

From March 19th, 2008



Mary Manning



New York Spa Alliance Attracts International Spa Industry Luminaries

To NYSPA Fourth Annual Symposium

To Be Held May 12-14, 2008 At Cornell University


ITHACA, NY – March 19, 2008 – New York Spa Alliance (NYSPA), which is giving voice to the state’s vital and vibrant spa community, has garnered a world-class roster of presenters for its Fourth Annual Symposium which will be held in cooperation with Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, May 12-14, 2008.


Themed “Spa to Wellness to Lifestyle”,  the two-day symposium is geared to spa owners, operators, managers and allied product and service providers. Earlybird registration (through March 25) is $750, which includes the conference, receptions, banquet, breakfast, lunch and tea breaks as well as a full year’s membership in NYSPA. After March 25, the registration fee will increase to $900. To register, log onto


A conference rate of $150./night is available to attendees on a first-come basis. For reservations, contact the Statler Hotel at Cornell University at or phone 1-800-541-2501 and note that you are reserving for the NYSPA Symposium and ask for the NYSPA rate. The Statler provides complimentary van service from Ithaca Airport.


Presenters include:

      Bruce Baltin, Senior Vice President, PKFC

      Uta Birkmayer, Founder, X-Sense

      Susie Ellis, President, Spa Finder

      Andrea Foster, Corporate Director of Strategy, Miraval Holdings LLC

      Perry Garfinkel, Best Selling author of Buddha or Bust and contributor to New York Times, National Geographic

      Mark Liponis MD, Corporate Medical Director, Canyon Ranch and best selling author of Ultra Prevention and Ultra Longevity

      Anna C. Mancebo, Vice President-Spa and Retail, Marriott International

      Jeremy McCarthy, Director of Spa Operations, Development and Marketing, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide

      Bradford Zak, Founder, Harmony Projects


A limited number of Benefactors and Exhibitors are being accepted for the Symposium. For fees and details, log onto


New York Spa Alliance was formed to create awareness of and provide support to New York State’s vital and vibrant spa business community. NYSPA’s mission is twofold: to re-establish New York State as the premier location in the country for spa and related wellness business; and to serve as a resource for information, education, advocacy, action and assistance to New York spa businesses and the communities they support.


For more information on membership, contact: Gary Dower, Chairman, NYSPA, c/o Mirbeau Inn & Spa, 851 W. Genesee St., Skaneateles, NY 13152; 315.217.4124;


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