The Gharieni Group has been selected as a Forbes Travel Guide Brand Official


Moers, Germany:  The Gharieni Group was chosen as the Official Spa & Wellness Equipment Provider for Forbes Travel Guide, the global authority on luxury travel. Selected to represent the best products and services in the luxury hospitality industry, Gharieni embodies the core values and exacting quality standards demanded by FTG, the only independent, global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. 

Sammy Gharieni, CEO and Founder of the Gharieni Group states, “This great recognition by Forbes Travel Guide serves to reinforce our commitment to delivering stellar service, supreme comfort and impeccable design to our partners in the hotel and resort category.  From the initial design concept to the installation of its equipment, Gharieni strives to deliver a memorable and impactful treatment experience to the guest and provider by incorporating multi sensorial components and full customization capabilities.  This acknowledgement by Forbes Travel Guide will only reinforce our purpose in providing the utmost attention to design detail and differentiation in our equipment and furnishings.

“We are pleased to name the Gharieni Group as the Official Spa & Wellness Equipment Manufacturer of Forbes Travel Guide,” said Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “Gharieni’s team of experts oversees every step of design and customizes spa tables, treatment beds and more based on client need. The company, which has more than 25 years in the business, puts guest experience at the forefront of its innovative products.”


The Gharieni Group, based in Germany, is a leading European manufacturer of high end spa and medical equipment and furniture with over 25 years of experience. Made in Germany using exacting standards, the products are designed with the utmost attention to quality and detail. The company strives for a seamless integration of functional equipment to create an unparalleled and memorable experience for clients. Taking wellness to the next level, it creates a unique and distinctive guest journey that fully integrates the mechanics of superior equipment with the practiced touch of the provider and truly reflects the authenticity and messaging of each and every client’s brand identity.


Forbes Travel Guide is the only independent, global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. Started as Mobil Travel Guide in 1958, the company created the first Five-Star rating system in the United States. Today, Forbes Travel Guide’s incognito inspectors travel the world, evaluating properties based on up to 900 rigorous, objective standards. The company’s annual Star Ratings, reviews and daily travel stories help discerning travelers select the world’s best luxury experiences.

How can an app help grow your Spa business?

You created a place where people can rest and rejuvenate, enjoy special times with loved ones and take care of their bodies and souls. You strive to constantly grow, reach out to new audiences, offer new products and services and make sure potential clients can locate your business and engage with it.

Since you are a beauty and healthcare entrepreneur, the personal touch is important. Maintaining relationships with clients, retaining loyal ones and attracting new ones requires availability and communication. That’s why the best way to go about it is to have your own personal app for iOS and Android phones.

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TouchAmerica Announces Advisory Board for Next Generation Spa & Salon Development

Leading Manufacturer of Spa and Salon Equipment Collaborates with Industry Leaders to Create Innovative Wellness Spaces
Mebane, N.C. (April 7, 2015) – TouchAmerica<>, one of the leading US-based manufacturers of spa and salon equipment, is pleased to announce the formation of their new Advisory Board. The mission of the Advisory Board is to envision creative wellness solutions for spa and salons, as well as lodging and retail spaces.
TouchAmerica Advisory Board:

Leon Alexander

Chief Executive Officer/President

Eurisko Design

Blake Feeney

Cheryl Hartsough

Thor Holm


Account Representative

Director of Spa, Recreation & Fitness

Feeney & Co

The Industry Source/Nailco

Hammock Beach Resort/ Salamander Resorts

Alison Howland

Principal /Partner

Spa Success / Well World Group

Robert Henry

Eva Jensch

Gordon Tareta

Diane Trieste

Deborah Waldvogel



Chief Operating Officer

Spa Director

Director of Spa Development & Operations

Robert D. Henry Architects

Spa Concepts International

Marilyn Monroe Spas

Blue Heaven Spa /Art of Living Retreat Center

Sedona Resorts

The board represents the top echelon of spa developers, designers, architects, operators and suppliers-including two former ISPA Chairs, Thor Holm and Deborah Waldvogel, current ISPA Board members Blake Feeney, and former ISPA Board Members Cherly Hartsough and Diane Trieste.
“Forming the Advisory Board of spa industry heavy hitters is crucial to our commitment to service spas and salons in 2015 and beyond,” said Stewart Griffith, CEO of TouchAmerica. “For more than 30 years, TouchAmerica has partnered with developers, operators and consultants to create innovate massage tables and spa equipment that solve real issues. Our offerings have grown with the needs of the industry to include custom furniture, reception desks/podiums, creative salon furniture, cabinetry, retail shelving and displays, and more. Our Advisory committee is excited to co-create innovate wellness solutions to satisfy the demands of the new generation of spa and hotel guests.”
Hotel guests are looking for spa and wellness experiences outside the four walls of the spa, according to Trends(r) in the Hotel Spa Industry by PKF Consulting USA, In the future, hotels will take advantage of this desire and drive revenue elsewhere in the hotel by creating unique experiences centered around wellness.
“One of my goals as a TouchAmerica Advisory Board member is to envision new ways of delivering the spa experience,” said Eva Jensch, principal of Spa Concepts International, consultant for Four Seasons, Hilton, Hyatt, Radisson, Starwood, Ritz Carlton and Spa at The Palace Downtown Dubai-winner of the Best Hotel Spa in the Middle East at the 2013 World Luxury Spa Awards.

“I’m impressed with the company’s commitment to environmentally responsible solutions,” continues Jensch. “TouchAmerica is a longtime partner of Aveda and has been tasked with sourcing eco-friendly materials and implementing sustainable practices at their North Carolina manufacturing facility. And, of course, it feels good supporting ‘Made in the USA.'”
About TouchAmerica
For more than 30 years, TouchAmerica<> has been developing and manufacturing innovative spa and salon equipment solutions at their North Carolina headquarters. The company has evolved from manufacturing massage tables, to developing a full range of spa and salon equipment, custom furniture, cabinetry and merchandising solutions. Collaborations with corporate partners such as Aveda, Hyatt International, Marilyn Monroe Spas and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, have led to the introduction of innovative products such as the Breathe Zero Gravity Lounger(tm).
As a member of the Green Spa Network, TouchAmerica is committed to creating environmentally-responsible spa and salon solutions and adhering to sustainable corporate practices.
*Headshots of Advisory Board members available upon request
Sales Inquiries:

Aubrey Griffith-Zill

VP Market Development<>
919.732.6968 ext. 140
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Nancy Griffin

Contento Marketing Group<>

Salt Therapy making a big difference in people’s lives, gaining popularity.

More and more people are discovering health benefits in their life with the addition of salt therapy.  More and more spas are adding salt therapy to their business.

It’s not surprising—since salt has been used for it’s health benefits for hundreds of years, all over the world.  We’re linking to a recent article from the Orlando Sentinel, where they write about people’s experiences with salt therapy, as well as some spas in Florida that use salt in their therapies.

Here is the link to that article: article link

Here’s a blurb from Salt Chamber’s website on how salt therapy works:

Dry pharmaceutical grade salt is heated and then it is grinded and crushed into very tiny micro-particles. These dry aerosol micro-particles of salt are then dispersed into the salt room during a typical session. As the person relaxes in the salt room the micro-particles are inhaled. The particles penetrate deep into the lungs, bronchi, bronchioles and alveoli. While inside the salt room, the non-inhaled salt particles fall onto the skin.

Here is a link to one of our sponsors of the DSA—Salt Chamber.  Go explore…

3 Steps To Spa Internet Marketing Success – FREE Webinar from Your Perfect Spa

Access this great resource for free!  Synopsis: In this webinar we teach spas three ways that they can improve their internet marketing to attract more business, and convert a greater percentage of their web traffic into paying clients. The three topics include:

  1. 4 Critical Questions Your Spa Website Must Quickly Answer For Every Visitor
  2. How Two Simple Activities Can Give Your Spa’s Marketing Message A Bigger Bang
  3. 5 Steps Your Spa Can Take To Build A Sustainable Social Media Strategy