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Babor, Clarins and Universal Companies Are Gold Sponsors of 2012 Global Spa & Wellness Summit

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New York, NY (PRWEB) May 02, 2012

The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) today announced that global spa-beauty leaders, Babor and Clarins, and top spa supplier, Universal Companies, will be Gold Sponsors of the Summit being held in Aspen, Colorado, in collaboration with the world-renowned Aspen Institute, from June 3-6. Each of the three companies has committed to a high-level of Summit sponsorship for multiple years, and their ongoing support makes the unique educational programming and social networking events possible.

The GSWS also announced the lineup of 2012 Silver Sponsors, which include spa design-engineering leaders Barr + Wray and Dornbracht; spa management-software pioneers SpaBooker, SpaSoft and TAC; Nordic wellness brand, LivNordic; and spa product innovator, THALGO.

“Each year we find that it’s the most forward-thinking companies that step up to support the Summit. And every one of our 2012 Gold and Silver Sponsors are true innovators,” said Peter Ellis, Chairman of the Board of the GSWS. “This year, ‘innovation’ is squarely on the agenda, and we can thank these companies for the schedule of rich, imaginative programming that delegates will experience firsthand - and that will also be made available to the global spa/wellness industry at large.”

About the Gold Sponsors:

Babor: Germany-based Babor is a pioneer of professional skincare, combining innovative scientific knowledge and the finest natural ingredients. The company’s research cooperation with Germany’s leading universities, combined with the use of private laboratories and careful manufacturing on the company's premises, guarantee products of outstanding performance. Babor products are available in fine spas, salons and medical centers in more than 60 countries worldwide. The company has been a top-level supporter of the GSWS for two years, and sponsors the welcome cocktail reception at the St. Regis Aspen Resort on Sunday, June 3. Visit:

Clarins: The Clarins story began 50 years ago in a Beauty Institute created by Jacques Courtin Clarins in Paris. By listening every day to women and men around the world, Clarins was, and is, able to meet all of their beauty needs. This ongoing communication to develop application techniques and effective products has earned them their position as a global leader in the premium skin care market. Clarins was also a high-level sponsor of the GSWS in 2010, and this year presents the “Innovation Day Table Topic Luncheon” on Monday, June 4. Visit:

Universal Companies: For 30 years Universal Companies has been a leading single-source supplier to 30,000+ spa professionals in 47 countries, providing thousands of products to help them manage and grow their businesses - whether the largest spa or an independent practitioner. Located in Abingdon, Virginia, they distribute furniture, fixtures, equipment, supplies, and spa apparel internationally. The company also offers professional skin and body products, retail products, and merchandising tools, while providing spas with innovative consulting resources, educational materials and training options. A Summit sponsor for two years, they will provide the daily Internet Café Pit Stops on the Aspen Meadows campus. Visit:

About the Silver Sponsors:

Barr + Wray: UAE-based Barr + Wray is a world-leading provider of spa and pool engineering solutions and ideas for water and thermal experiences - with 50+ years experience working with brands such as Four Seasons, Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental, Rocco Forte, and Shangri La. They will sponsor a daily nutrition hub. Visit:

Dornbracht: Since 1950 Dornbracht has signified high-quality designer fittings and accessories for the bathroom. Aloys F. Dornbracht GmbH & Co. KG is a medium-sized, family-run company, whose products have received numerous awards and significantly shaped the decor, architecture and functionality in bathrooms and kitchens. Sponsors the GSWS’s final champagne toast. Visit:

Liv Nordic by Raison d'Etre: A new brand, created for franchise/licensing by world-renowned spa company, Raison d’Etre. Liv Nordic is all about Nordic Wellness, including Scandinavian design, health, Nordic fitness, nutrition, beauty, experiences, products and bathing. Raison d'Etre has also created leading brands including Aman Spas, Taj Jiva Spas, Resense and Kempinski the Spa. Sponsors a daily nutrition hub. Visit:

SpaBooker by GramercyOne: The largest suite of web-based tools for spas to effectively run their business, including scheduling, real-time mobile/online booking, CRM, employee and inventory management, eCommerce, hosted point-of-sale, digital marketing and integrated social media. Used by 6,000+ businesses worldwide, from global enterprises to single location spas, fitness centers and medical practices. Sponsors the GSWS mobile app. Visit:

SpaSoft: A user-friendly system facilitating total spa management, SpaSoft interfaces with property management systems, credit and gift card processors, back office systems, membership billing, and other PAR Springer-Miller technologies, to create a seamless flow of guest-centric information - allowing spa staff to provide impeccable service. Sponsors a daily nutrition hub. Visit:

TAC GmbH: Austrian-based The Assistant Company is Europe’s largest provider of Guest Activity, Club Membership and POS management systems. TAC’s Reservation Assistant spa management system harmonizes with other major Assistant Suite components, providing a comprehensive software solution for operators of complex resort spas and salons. Sponsors the Summit registration desk. Visit:

THALGO: Launched in 1964, THALGO is the original French marine spa brand, founded in science and marine research. Renowned for innovative, results-oriented treatments and products, THALGO is the range chosen by 20,000+ top spas, resorts, and thalassotherapy centers in 90+ countries. Their 360° approach includes a wide range of skin- and body-care treatments and nutritional supplements. Sponsors a daily nutrition hub. Visit:

To register, or to learn more about attending or sponsoring the GSWS:

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 intimate, 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.

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