Leading Spa Design and Manufacturing Firm and Top Fitness Equipment Manufacturer Become Platinum Sponsors of 2010 Global Spa Summit

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Industry Leaders, Thermarium and Precor, Commit to Multi-Year Summit Sponsorships

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Both companies [Thermarium and Precor] truly understand the evolving wellness, fitness and spa industries, and their multi-year sponsorship of the Summit demonstrates a deep commitment to these industries and their continued growth.

The Global Spa Summit (GSS), today announced that Precor, the award-winning subsidiary of Amersports, the world’s largest sports equipment company, and Thermarium, the leading international spa design and manufacturing firm, will each be a Platinum Sponsor of the 2010 Summit being held in Istanbul, Turkey from May 16-19.

Thermarium has committed to sponsor the premier annual event for the spa and wellness industries through 2012, and Precor will be a Platinum-level sponsor through 2011. Attended by top industry executives from around the world, this year’s invitation-only Summit, whose theme is “Bridges Worth Building,” is expected to attract a record number of delegates from over 40 countries.

“Precor and Thermarium each set the global benchmark of excellence in their respective sectors, and are known around the world for outstanding, innovative design and for top-quality facilities and products,” said Pete Ellis, Chairman of the Board of the Global Spa Summit. “Both companies truly understand the evolving wellness, fitness and spa industries, and their multi-year sponsorship of the Summit demonstrates a deep commitment to these industries and their continued growth.”

Thermarium:

Thermarium (http://www.thermarium.com/) is the leading supplier of spa services from A-Z. The company is recognized for pioneering new spa design trends in leisure facilities across five continents, and for customized designs that sensitively and intelligently integrate environmental surroundings and cultural traditions. The firm’s spa consulting department works to bring together local economic and operational resources with the latest technology for each of its projects. The company, founded in 1997, is headquartered in Austria (with offices and partners throughout the world), and has completed over 500 major spa projects over the last ten years.

Under the leadership of CEO Elmar Nagele, Thermarium has developed spa and wellness centers for the finest hotels and cruise ships across roughly 40 countries, offering turn-key spa services including architecture and design; spa and wellness equipment; engineering, project and spa management; strategic planning; financial consulting, etc. The company has also created its own special essences and products, under the name “DELPERA by Thermarium,” for use in Thermarium spa/wellness areas.

“The Global Spa Summit has given us a uniquely powerful opportunity to connect with the decision-makers in the global spa industry,” noted CEO, Nagele. “In addition, the Summit provides us with an excellent platform to grow our business in North America.”

Summit delegates are invited to attend a cocktail reception hosted by Swissotel, The Bosphorus on Sunday evening, May 16th, where they have the opportunity of touring the new Amrita Spa developed by Thermarium, honored as one of the “Leading Spas of the World.” Elmar Nagele will be on hand to answer questions about the extensive spa facilities, including the spa’s stylish, signature Turkish hamam.

Precor:

Founded in the Seattle, Washington area in 1980, Precor (http://www.precor.com)
maintains international offices in 10 European and Asian countries, and serves over 100 countries through authorized distributors. The company’s award-winning cardio, strength and entertainment equipment is used in professional sports facilities - the finest hotels, spas and fitness centers - and in homes around the globe. The Precor 9.31 premium home treadmill was recently named the top treadmill in the world by a leading consumer rating publication, besting 28 competitors. All of the company’s products are known for pioneering a natural, low-impact workout experience.

“Precor is extremely pleased to support the Global Spa Summit," said Jeff Kohl, Director of Business Development. "With fitness products and services that are trusted throughout the worldwide spa and wellness community, we're especially excited about this partnership opportunity."

The fourth annual Summit will be held at the historic Ç1ragan Palace Kempinski Hotel in Istanbul. Precor and Thermarium join the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism as a Platinum Sponsor. Murad Inc., the pioneer of doctor-branded skincare, is the GSS’s Strategic Research Partner, underwriting a key spa/wellness research initiative to be released at the conference. Announced keynote speakers include prominent “futurist” Edie Weiner, and Philippe Bourguignon, Vice Chairman of Revolution Places. Additional keynote speakers and the complete schedule of industry panels, collaborative meetings and events will be unveiled in the next few weeks. A preliminary agenda can be accessed at: http://www.globalspasummit.org/images/stories/pdf/agenda_gss2010_preliminary.pdf

For registration/sponsorship information: contact info(at)globalspasummit(dot)org, or visit http://www.globalspasummit.org

For media information, contact: Beth McGroaty, +1 213 300 0107 or +44 (0) 870 121 6066.

About Global Spa Summit:
The Global Spa Summit is an annual event that attracts top-level executives and leaders from around the world with interest in the spa and wellness industry. Delegates from diverse sectors including hospitality, investment, finance, real estate, medicine, manufacturing, technology, consulting, product, and other related industries attend this intimate, high-level gathering focused on advancing the spa and wellness sectors. With increasing attendance by more countries each year, the Global Spa Summit delegation represented 32 different countries from all continents in 2009.

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