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Philoxenia Spa Congress

The Spa Congress took place at the HELEXPO International Conference Centre, Thessaloniki I. Vellidis Congress Centre, Friday November 17, 2006. The congress was part of Philoxenia Spa, a new separate entity within Philoxenia, the International Travel and Tourism exhibition based in Thessaloniki, Greece. The Congress aimed at both Greek and foreign participants from the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean.

The scope of the congress was to inform professionals on the status quo and opportunities of the spa market and the opportunities it offers.

Program


9.30 - 10.00 Registration
 
10.00 - 10.20 Opening - welcome

10.20 - 12.00 World trends in Spa Market
   
10.20 - 10.40 Spa & thalassotherapy: the big unknown of hotel operations, Leonidas Athanasiou, Managing Director, IDOLO - Consulting Beauty & Spa
10.40 - 11.00 Spa destination models, Dr. Dimitris Koutoulas, Tourism Consultant & Open University Lecturer
11.00 - 11.20 The boom of Spa hotels in Germany, Austria and Switzerland - winners and losers, Jakob Edinger, Partner, ETB Edinger Tourism Consultants and Engineers, Innsbruck & Vienna
11.20 - 11.40 New treatments - new products, Athanasia Krikoni, Training & Product Manager, Payot Spa - IMPA SA
11.40 - 12.00 Questions - Discussion

12.00 - 12.20 Break

12.20 - 14.00 Spas as Investments
   
12.20 - 12.40 Spa Economics 101, Dr. Aris Ikkos, General Manager, JBR Hellas Business Consultants
12.40 - 13.00 Project Management of spa construction, Fotis Kokotos, Project Manager, Porto Elounda Six Senses Spa
13.00 - 13.20 Integrating a Spa in a Resort, Paris Kounoudis, Manager, Porto Carras Spa
13.20 - 13.40 Modern trends in spa design - peculiarities in the Greek environment, Ivy Nanopoulou, Architect, Thymio Papayiannis & Partners
13.40 - 14.00 Questions - Discussion

14.00 - 15.00 Cocktail

15.00 - 16.20 Specialist - Niche Markets
   
15.00 - 15.20 Spa Cruises, Andreas Stylianopoulos, Vice President, Navigator (Royal Caribbean International & Celebrity Cruises)
15.20 - 15.40 The evolution and future of the Day Spa, Kyriakos Parpas, Chairman of City Spa Group of Companies
15.40 - 16.00 Health Tourism Clustering and Integration, Dr. Constantine Constantinides, healthCare cybernetics
16.00 - 16.20 Questions - Discussion

16.20 - 16.30 Conclusions - Closing, Dr. Aris Ikkos, General Manager, JBR Hellas Business Consultants

   
  Conference chairman: Dr. Aris Ikkos
  Director, JBR Hellas Business Consultants
   

The presentations of the congress can be dowloaded here: Presentations (zip file, 3.8MB)

Coordination - Organisation: GBR Consulting.

The Workshop Chair will be taken by Dr. Aris Ikkos, General Manager of GBR Consulting, and the only Greek member of the prestigious International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC).

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