Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper, To Present Keynote at 2012 Global Spa & Wellness Summit

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The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) today announced that the Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, will be a keynote speaker at their sixth-annual conference being held in Aspen, Colorado from June 3-6, 2012.

The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) today announced that the Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, will be a keynote speaker at their sixth-annual conference being held in Aspen, Colorado from June 3-6, 2012. Governor Hickenlooper is widely recognized for his strong record on smarter, more prevention-focused healthcare policies; creative public-private partnerships; and responsible environmental policy and job-creating clean energy initiatives.

The Summit, whose 2012 theme is “Innovation through Imagination,” will be held in collaboration with the world-renowned think-tank, The Aspen Institute, and is expected to draw top industry leaders from 40+ nations. The Governor joins a rich slate of thought-leaders from the medical, wellness, technology, government and policy sectors that will explore the many innovations poised to transform the world - and those that could specifically ignite important new directions for the spa and wellness industries. He will present at 11:45 AM on Tuesday, June 5, and a brief press conference will follow.

View the complete GSWS agenda here:

About Colorado’s Governor: Hickenlooper’s path to the governorship is as unconventional as his name. Beginning his career as a geologist, he then turned entrepreneur, opening Colorado’s first brewpub in a Denver warehouse district. The restaurant proved so successful that it has become a cornerstone of the Denver community and transformed an entire neighborhood.

Despite having never run for political office (not even student council), he was elected Mayor of Denver in 2003, and just two years later was named one of the top five “big-city” U.S. mayors by Time magazine. After two successful mayoral terms, he was elected Governor of Colorado in 2010, with a forward-thinking legislative agenda that included more cost-effective, prevention-focused healthcare policies and a focus on innovative clean energy solutions.

A Democrat, his “Western” spirit of collaboration, and ability to forge effective partnerships between the private and public sectors (whether energy companies and environmentalists, or healthcare reformers and insurance companies), has made him popular with politicians and people of both parties – a rare feat in the highly polarized American political scene. In fact, he was recently ranked the second most popular governor in the U.S.* and numerous articles about his strong appeal in the 2016 presidential race have recently appeared.

Colorado – A Wellness Mecca: The governor presides over a state well known for its health and wellness. Not only does Colorado consistently rank as one of the “healthiest” of the 50 states,** it retained its longstanding title as the “leanest” (least obese) state in 2012.*** Famed for its breathtaking natural beauty and outdoorsy lifestyle - and rich in natural mineral and hot springs - Colorado has a vibrant culture of over 1,000 spas and wellness centers, including an ever-increasing number of award-winning ski/spa resorts in destinations like Aspen, Telluride and Vail. GSWS delegates can opt for a “Colorado Mineral Springs Tour” on June 7, the day after the Summit concludes.

Members of the press interested in attending the Governor’s keynote/the Summit on June 5, please contact: Beth McGroarty: beth {at} rbicom {dot} com or 213-300-0107

To register, or to learn more about attending the GSWS as a delegate:

About the Summit: The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) is an annual event that attracts executives and leaders from around the world with an interest in the spa and wellness industries. Delegates from diverse sectors, including the hospitality, tourism, finance, medical, real estate, manufacturing, technology, consulting and product industries, attend this invitation-only gathering. Responsible for some of the most important recent spa industry research, including the “Global Spa Economy Report,” “Spas and the Global Wellness Market” (conducted by SRI International) and a comprehensive overview of global wellness tourism and medical tourism, the GSWS also recently launched, the world’s first online portal to the medical evidence for common spa/wellness therapies. The Summit was honored as "Spa Event of the Year" for 2009, 2010 and 2011 by AsiaSpa magazine’s awards program.

  • Public Policy Polling, 2012

** Gallup’s annual Well-being Index polls: Colorado currently ranks #6
*** Center for Disease Control data, 2012

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