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[27 June 2006, Johannesburg, South Africa] The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Conference 2006 was held on the 25th and 26th of June 2006 at The Forum in Bryanston, Johannesburg and was a great success.

“Setting the Pace” was the theme for the Spa Conference 2006, and was aimed at ensuring the success of South African Spas, as well as the spas that were represented by Rwanda, Ghana, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and Kenya. As spas are today an integral component of finding and creating wellness, we have found the expansion as well as inclusion of these elements on the spa’s treatment menus. Wellness and well-being is a lifestyle, which provides for continued business for spas, as they are “centres of wellness” and an integral place in societies everyday lifestyle. The Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Conference looked at how African Spas can not only harness wellness, but whilst setting the pace and ensure success.

The Spa Conference was highly informative, with an array of speakers who are experts in their fields. On Sunday the 25th of June, some of the speakers included Rob Cowling who provided the represented spas and related companies, with the keys to relaxation, and Karen Bester introducing the latest innovations in oxygen treatments. Dr Rajen Cooppan amazed the delegates with the ‘Incredible world of India’ and Ayuverda, whilst Jacqueline Wentzel who entertained while delegates found the tools to speak the ‘Same Language’ to staff and guests. The Anti-aging panel discussion with Dr Geraldine Mitton, John Knowlton and Nadine Szecsei, most certainly ended the first day of the conference on a high.

On Monday the 26th of June, the day opened with Chantell Illbury who gave insight into scenario planning in action, whilst Chris Parker demonstrated the value of data, providing an edge on business intelligence. The third speaker Frank Tilley captured the audience’s attention as he explained the keys to effectively ‘People Branding’ in your spa. Debbie Merdjan fascinating speech on water captured the essence of spas, while Sean King provided insight into ‘Taking the Spa Experience Home’. The new role of Nutrition in the Spa was addressed by Maria Ascencao, and if that didn’t leave the delegates with enough ‘food for thought’, some of South Africa’s leading Spa Owners and Managers unlocked the treasures of successful spas Hidden Secrets.

The conference was undoubtedly a fantastic educational and networking event, most certainly “Setting the Pace” and in some cases “Stepping up the Pace” for the Spa Conference delegates.

Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Conference 2006 was sponsored by a number of elite spa brands, consultancy and spa tourism companies. The valued sponsors were: Ahava, Algologie, Bernard Cassiere, Carita, Derma Life, Guinot, Matis, Phytomer, Repechage, Thalgo and Spa Living.

We look forward to hosting the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Conference on the 24th and 25th of June 2007, at The Forum, Bryanston, Johannesburg, as the spa industry in South Africa continually brings like-minded people facing common challenges in the Wellness-Spa Industry together, finding viable paths to our goals and becoming a leading example for the industry abroad.

For additional information, editorial assistance and/or photographs regarding the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Spa Conference 2006, contact Robyn Deeb (Public Relations) at Les Nouvelles Esthetiques on +27 11 447 9959





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