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East meets West in Honolulu at Hawaii Spa Marketplace Jan. 5-6

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Medical aesthetics and healthy aging medicine specialists will share the program with beauty and wellness experts at the Hawaii Spa Marketplace in Honolulu, January 5-6.

Bringing together Eastern and Western wellness expertise, this 4th annual event in Hawaii has expanded to include producers of spa products from Japan. A first for Hawaii, the trade show and conference will be held at the Blaisdell Convention Center, with the host hotel and social functions on Waikiki Beach at Hilton Hawaii Village.

Endorsed by the Hawaii Spa Association (Hi-Spa), the Marketplace is produced by Spa Management Journal, a professional pulication for which I have written since 1993, and Medical Spas magazine. Publisher Guy Jonkman says the Pacific region is increasingly attracting spagoers through the combination of traditional healing and new wellness programs.

"Hawaii Spa Marketplace offers doctors and wellness specialists an opportunity to meet and experience the latest services," said Jonkman. "Hawaii is ideally located to capitalize on consumer demand for wellness tourism."

Members of Hi-Spa will be joined by international visitors for two days of educational seminars on the business of beauty. Designed for spa/salon and medical aesthetics professionals, the program will focus on improving day-to-day operations and profitability. Guest speakers will include Dr. Ronald Klatz, MD, president of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Mandara Spas regional director Darryll Leiman, and industry leaders.

Physicians interested in the emerging fields of medical spas and wellness tourism can register for a six-hour Business of Medicine CME with David Mandell, MBA, who will talk about physician tax-savings and doctor retirement planning. Prior to the conference, a certified course on medical spa managemement will be conducted by Manon Pillon on Jan. 4.

An added dimension to the Marketplace will be the Career Connection Lounge managed by Hi-Spa where spa industry professionals will be able to post resumes and meet with prospective employers.

Program and registration details are online at with the daily fee of $25 per day; at the Blaidell Center $30. The two-day entrance fee is $40.

The Hawaii Spa Marketplace management can be reached at P.O. Box 2699, Champlain, NY, 12919; Phone 450-833-2400; email

Host hotel for the event is Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu.



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