Archive for March 2nd, 2011

Global Spa Summit Announces Keynote Speakers

Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua Bali

The Global Spa Summit (GSS), an annual event for spa and wellness industry executives, announced three keynote speakers for the international conference being held at the Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua Bali (Indonesia) from May 15–18. The speakers, Kate Ancketill of Global Design Resources (GDR); Dave McCaughan of McCann Worldgroup; and Marc Smith of Connected Action, will present under the 2011 Summit theme “Engage the Change: The Money. The Customer. The Future.” Each keynote is designed to help industry leaders understand fast-growing consumer trends and markets.

Kate Ancketill, managing director of GDR, is an expert on consumer and retail trends; social and mobile commerce; experiential marketing; and technology and design innovation. Her keynote, a forecast of how consumer demands, desires, and decision-making will radically change, will provide a window into the most profound consumer shifts on the horizon, both globally and across specific markets.

Dave McCaughan, regional strategic planning director, Asia Pacific for McCann Worldgroup oversees strategy development for all McCann Worldgroup companies across Asia. His keynote will provide insight into the evolving Asian consumer and market, and new ways that Asian consumers are engaging with brands.

Marc Smith, chief social scientist at Connected Action, a Silicon Valley-based consulting firm that analyzes enterprise and Internet social media usage and opportunities, will provide a once-a-day “soundbyte” at the conference that will explore how new social communities are dramatically impacting individuals and businesses, the new tools and strategies businesses must embrace to succeed in this new world, and how social platforms will change in new ways, transforming not only governments, but the spa and wellness world.

More 2011 GSS keynote presenters will be announced in upcoming weeks. For more information, visit

Trump Las Vegas Pampers Pooches

Ask anyone who knows me or has met my bulldog, Winston, and they’ll tell you that I’m a major pet lover. So when I hear about fun hotel and spa packages that involve our furry friends, I always like to share. My new favorite? The Paws Massage Package (starting at $150) at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas. The hotel is one of the first in Las Vegas to welcome pets, and guests can now take part in this package that includes a 30-minute Trump Classic Massage for guests and a 30-minute massage for their pooch, both performed in-suite by a Spa at Trump massage therapist. In addition, the suite will be outfitted for pets with a plush dog bed, gourmet treats, a water bowl, and fresh bottled water.

Celebrity pup Misty, star of the recent movie “Marley & Me,” will be one of the first to receive the pet friendly service. The hotel will also donate a portion of the $200 cleaning fee for every dog who stays at the property to the Nevada SPCA No-Kill Animal Sanctuary, a nonprofit charitable organization completely dependent on private donations to help save and protect animals in need in the Las Vegas community. It’s a great way for guests to do good for all animals while pampering their own precious pups.

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