We’re delighted to share the wonderful news that in October this year The International SPA Association (ISPA) will present the 2017 ISPA Visionary Award to Sue Harmsworth.
The award is presented each year to someone in the spa industry who has made significant contributions to both the definition and positive movement of health and wellness over the lifetime of their career.
Sue will accept the prestigious award at the 27th Annual ISPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas from 16-18 October 2017.
“Sue is recognised as one of the world’s leading spa experts,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees.
“Her innovative, inspirational and forward-thinking approach combined with her passion and vision helped shape the spa industry into what it is today. We are thrilled to be able to honour her achievements with this award.”
Sue has devoted her life to spa and wellness, leading the industry by creating spas and helping to educate the industry on the impact of health and wellbeing on beauty, and was co-chair of last year’s Global Wellness Summit in Austria.
With her early career beginning in health and beauty journalism before she opened a salon in Toronto, a thalassotherapy resort in France and a health farm in the UK – she has also been heavily involved in the design, development and management of spas in around 60 countries.
Founding ESPA in 1993, Sue has worked with experts in natural science to create ESPA’s product range which is powered by combinations of plant extracts, marine actives and essential oils.
In 2010 Sue was honoured with an MBE in recognition of her services to the spa and beauty industry, and said,
“I am thrilled to be receiving the award for what has been for me, simply my life’s passion. Right from the start I was driven by an ambition to help people to understand the impact of health and wellness on beauty, and to learn how to look and feel their very best.
It is this passion that still inspires me today to keep pushing the boundaries of the spa industry and I am thrilled to be receiving the Visionary Award from ISPA who are such an iconic organisation in the industry.”
The ESPA team will be at booth #913 at this year’s ISPA Conference at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.