ForumHOTel&Spa to return for in-person 2022 event

By Lauren Heath-Jones


By Lauren Heath-Jones

01 March 2022

Premier spa industry event ForumHOTel&Spa will return as an in-person event on June 2, 2022. 

Taking place at the Hotel Four Seasons George V in Paris, France, this year’s forum is expected to welcome 120 delegates and is themed around ‘Thinking Outside the Box.’ It will feature a host of expert speakers covering topics such as ocean wellness, preventative health care, mindset, leadership, staffing and outside-the-box thinking.

ForumHOTel&Spa provides a space where operators, experts and suppliers can share their knowledge and experience | ©Faust Favart

The event will be hosted by organiser Vladi Kovanic and moderated by TipTouch and World Wellness Weekend CEO Jean-Guy de Gabriac.

The opening keynote will be delivered by guest of honour Roger Allen, group CEO of RLA Global, USA, UAE and Austria. A celebrated public speaker and author, Allen contributed to the book: Hotel & Resorts Valuation – An Investor’s Guide and has been working in the hospitality and leisure industries for more than 20 years.

With RLA he works closely with the public and private sectors in Europe, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East on conceptual planning, financial analysis and asset management for resorts, retreats and destination properties. He will deliver a speech entitled: ‘Getting Results From Thinking Outside the Box’. 

Other speakers include Cornelia Kausch, MD and leadership coach at EMCC INSEAD, Germany; who will give a speech called ‘Value of People and the Value of Having a Service Mindset as a Leader’; and Dr Franz Linser, founder and CEO of Linser Hospitality, Austria, who will deliver a session entitled ‘Blue Ocean Wellness’. 

Jean-Luc Pluevry, general manager of Relais Thalasso, France will give a talk entitled ‘Thalasso, a Major Player in Preventative Health’, Jean-Guy de Gabriac, who will lead a session called ‘Wellness 2.0: A Strategic Growth Accelerator in 2022’; and Gharieni founder and CEO Sammy Gharieni, who will lead a Diamond Sponsor Panel entitled ‘Thinking Outside the Box in the Luxury Segment’. 

Long-time media partner European Spa will also have a presence at the 2022 edition of ForumHOTel&Spa, with founding editor Sarah Camilleri speaking on a journalist panel alongside Italian Spa & Wellbeing Vlogger Rafaella Dallarda and spa journalist and moderator Jane Kitchen. 

The event will also include expert panels, led by the event’s Gold Sponsors: Biologique Recherche, Chateau Berger, NILO, Swissline, Corpoderm and Lemi.

The event will be hosted by organiser Vladi Kovanic (left)| ©Faust Favart

The event lineup is completed by a host of networking opportunities as well as the Blue and Black Diamond Awards, which honour talented professionals working in thalassotherapy and an ‘outstanding and inspiring’ spa manager.

Speaking exclusively to European Spa ForumHOTel&Spa organiser Vladi Kovanic described this year’s forum as a “ boutique event, very small and very, very luxury.” 

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“ForumHOTel&Spa is a combination of events that doesn’t exist anywhere else in Europe. It provides a space for hoteliers, suppliers, stakeholders and specialists to meet on the same level and share their knowledge and experience.”

Vladi Kovanic

Organiser, ForumHOTel&Spa

“ForumHOTel&Spa is a combination of events that don’t exist anywhere else in Europe. It provides a space for hoteliers, suppliers, stakeholders and specialists to meet on the same level and share their knowledge and experience,” she said. 

“There is a long history, more than 2,000 years, of the therapeutic benefits of water and spa in Europe. We have delegates coming from South America, Canada, Mexico and the US and they’re all very keen to see what happens in Europe. Europe sets an industry standard.” 

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