Thermarium Announced as Platinum Sponsor of 2012 Global Spa & Wellness Summit

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Leading spa design innovator pledges high-level commitment for third year in a row.

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Without generous sponsors like Thermarium the Summit would not be possible. Their ongoing support is a clear indication of their deep commitment to the growth of the wider, global spa and wellness industries

The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) today announced that Thermarium, an international trendsetter in spa design and manufacturing, will be a Platinum Sponsor of the 2012 Summit being held in Aspen, Colorado from June 3-6, 2012. This represents the third consecutive year that the Austrian-based company has committed to a high level of support for the GSWS, an event where leading spa and wellness executives from around the world gather with the express intent of moving their industries forward.

“Without generous sponsors like Thermarium, the Summit would not be possible. Their ongoing support is a clear indication of their deep commitment to the growth of the wider, global spa and wellness industries,” said Peter Ellis, Chairman of the Board for the GSWS. “And, as a company that has been creating cutting-edge, creative spa experiences for fifteen years, they’re the perfect sponsor to help underwrite our 2012 agenda of ‘Innovation through Imagination.’”

About Thermarium: Founded in 1997, the company was one of the first to specialize in the design and manufacturing of spa areas and has since expanded its portfolio to provide everything from consulting, engineering and custom-made spa equipment and technology - including innovative water experiences and thermal and treatment rooms and equipment. Renowned within the tourism and leisure business, they have worked with hundreds of hospitality brands including Banyan Tree, InterContinental, Mandarin Oriental, Peninsula, Shangri-La and Swissotel, among others. For 2012, the spotlight is on the company’s latest technology breakthrough: the world’s first “Snow Shower,” which allows users to experience a light or moderate snowfall, or blizzard, simply by tapping a digital touchscreen.

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“I have attended four Summits, and there is simply no industry event like it,” noted Elmar Nagele, CEO of Thermarium. “There is no better forum for spa and wellness leaders to learn, connect and network, and sponsorship has proven a uniquely powerful way for us to grow our brand and business around the world.”

The 2012 GSWS: The upcoming Summit in Aspen promises to be the most unique event in the organization’s six-year history. Held in collaboration with the prestigious think-tank the Aspen Institute, it will revolve around a packed three days of presentations focused on the most innovative strategies and imaginative concepts that can continue to grow the $2 trillion global spa and wellness industries.

Eight high-profile keynotes (who will present on topics of innovation) have already been announced: Philippe Bourguignon (Vice Chairman, Revolution Places; Former co-CEO of the World Economic Forum), Dr. Richard Carmona (17th Surgeon General of the U.S. and Vice Chairman, Canyon Ranch), Jose Maria Figueres (Former President of Costa Rica, and expert on global environmental practices), Mariel Hemingway (Academy Award-nominated actress and wellness advocate), John Kao (world-renowned innovation guru), Peter Rummell (Former Chairman of Disney Imagineering, and current chair of the Urban Land Institute), Ted Souder (Head of Industry-Retail, Google) and Elizabeth Stephenson (Partner at global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company). Additional speakers and details about the 2012 agenda will be released in coming weeks.

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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, medicine, real estate, manufacturing, technology, consulting and product industries, attend this intimate, invitation-only gathering focused on advancing the spa and wellness sectors. The Summit has been responsible for some of the most important recent spa industry research, including the “Global Spa Economy Report” and “Spas and the Global Wellness Market” (conducted by SRI International), as well as “Wellness Tourism and Medical Tourism: Where Do Spas Fit?” The organization recently launched a breakthrough research tool,, the world’s first online portal to the medical evidence for common spa/wellness therapies. The GSWS was honored as "Spa Event of the Year" for 2009, 2010 and 2011 by AsiaSpa magazine’s awards program.

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