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.


“Spa Pro Connect” to Match World’s Top Therapists with Leading Spas and Resorts

(St. Louis, MO) December 1, 2018 – For twenty-five years Hutchinson Consulting has been the hospitality industry’s most trusted executive search and recruiting firm, matching the best candidates with the finest four and five-star resorts. Today, following a year of unprecedented growth, the company announces the launch of a new division, Spa Pro Connect, created to further support client needs by sourcing top massage therapists for placement in the finest destination, resort and hotel spas in the country.

“The importance of highly trained, experienced massage therapists has never been higher,” said Michael G. Tompkins, a partner at Hutchinson Consulting. “World class spas and their clients expect a level of professionalism unique to the resort environment where talented, licensed therapists are valued for their specialized skill set. The time has come for a professional search firm and hospitality clients to regard massage therapists as a brand differentiator in spa.”

Spa Pro Connect will be led by wellness industry veteran Diane Trieste. With a diverse background that includes all aspects of spa operations, Trieste excels in working with business owners and management to capitalize on the integration of education, culture, professionalism and people in order to deliver an experience that exceeds expectations for both clients and therapists. A licensed massage therapist herself, Trieste has held leadership roles at Shankara Spa, Canyon Ranch and Bellus Academy. Trieste was part of the executive team that started Cortiva Education and is a noted speaker and author.

“Joining the team at Hutchinson Consulting means I can expand my service to the spa industry in an innovative new way,” said Trieste. “Spa Pro Connect addresses the shortage of highly-talented practitioners and creates a way for top spas to have confidence that they can meet guest demand.”

Through a proprietary interview, education and vetting process, Spa Pro Connect will assure hospitality clients that massage therapists presented for employment have the skills required for four and five-star spas. Licensed therapists will discover professional environments where their skills are honored and employment needs met by the finest hospitality establishments in the industry.

“Hutchinson Consulting has long-standing executive placement relationships with the world’s best spas,” adds Tompkins. “Expanding services to include licensed massage therapists is a natural progression.”

Licensed massage therapists can learn more about Spa Pro Connect by visiting



Don’t Miss Out

Presented by CAHHS, CRAFT, MSA, SIA & ZAG

World Forum, B-16

Tuesday, January 29: 9 – 10:30a

RSVP required to attend; attendance strictly capped.

Start your Market day off right with hot breakfast! Join roundtable discussions by topic or store type. Come and go, circulate around to tables of interest, arrive late, leave early. Ask burning questions of your retail community and gain insightful advice from talented subject matter experts. Exchange best practices, explore solutions to your toughest challenges and network with fellow buyers. Existing and prospective association buyer members are welcome. 

Ken Dychtwald: How the Age Wave pathfinder inspired a new view of aging

This acclaimed psychologist, gerontologist, author, and consultant has made ‘exceptional and lasting contributions’ to the active- aging industry—for which he recently received the ICAA INSPIRE Award.


by Colin Milner

A singular figure in the aging sphere, Ken Dychtwald, PhD, has seemingly done it all. This leading-edge Boomer has spent more than four decades focused on older adults and they’re potential, emerging as an early visionary on an aging world.

Dychtwald, a psychologist and gerontologist, is today widely viewed as North America’s most original thinker about the social, economic, healthcare, marketing and workforce implications of the age wave—a term he coined in the 1980s. He is a bestselling author of 16 books, including Bodymind (1977),

Age Wave (1989), Healthy Aging (1998), Age Power: How the 21st Century Will Be Ruled by the New Old (1999) and A New Purpose: Redefining Work, Leisure, Money, Success, and Retirement (2009).

The founding CEO of renowned consultancy Age Wave, Dychtwald has served as a fellow of the World Economic football every day until our moms called us in for dinner. Neither of my parents had gone to college, so my ambitions were both aspirational and ordinary.

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Comphy Hot Product: Head Wrap

Designed to protect the face and hair during spa treatments, this head wrap is made of absorbent terry on one side and two layers of our Comphy twill fabric on the other for optimal comfort. It features a high-quality Velcro panel to ensure a secure, custom fit is machine washable.  Available in cream and grey.  Visit Comphy for more info.

My Little Sparkles–Style Delivered

Spa people are busy! We deliver Spa retail Pre Packaged Collections. Gorgeous, quality, merchandise. 100% Recycled gift boxes, displays. We provide them with everything they need to get selling right away. Making lives a little bit easier and producing an extra stream of revenue! Each collection plugs straight into their retail. Reorder is on Demand! No minimums, no commitments, no obligations. Simply, we deliver value so we get to stick around.

Each box contains a limited, curated collection. Simply keep the items you love (All?), or write a custom order, and send back the rest with the prepaid USPS label.

My Little Sparkles.  Style delivered right to your office!

What Are Natural Nail Services Really?

We hear it all the time.  Nail techs and salons claim that they only do natural nails. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll often find that they still use UV gel polishes or dip systems – and there’s nothing natural about that.

To help you understand why salons turn to these artificial nail services, let’s give you a little backstory. Before the 1960s, traditional polish applied directly to bare nails was the only salon option. Sure, It allowed for more natural nails, but the polishes took a long time to dry and chipped within a few days.

Thus, the nail care industry set to work on developing more convenient alternatives to traditional polish: acrylic nail enhancements, UV gels, UV gel polish, colored acrylics, dips. While all of these synthetic chemical formulations offer solutions to the duration and dry time of a manicure, they also create long-term problems – problems like contact dermatitis from reactive ingredients, unhealthy and repeated UV exposure to the skin, and damage to the natural nail plate due to the fact that they cannot be removed with a gentle application of nail polish remover.

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5 Tips To Consider When Choosing Spa Products For Your Customers

Spa owners, along with their estheticians, should be product experts. Experience, along with a willingness to stay on top of industry innovations, plays into the spa and salon catalog that lives exclusively in your head. The beauty of this personal inventory that lives within your brain is that it’s probably different from anyone else’s. Important note: that’s a good thing.

Ready Or Not, You’re Viewed As A Resource

As an esthetician, it’s important to understand that you’re looked upon by your customers as a specialist. And being a specialist comes with a serious expectation: your clients look to you for guidance. Feeling the pressure? You should. Because believe it or not, your word carries a lot of weight. That catalog of products is not only your resource, but one that is passed along to your clients. Even if you’re not consciously doing this (and you should be), your actions—the treatments you provide—are saying it for you.

After accepting that you’re a valuable customer resource, it’s also important to understand that your guidance spans a variety of applications: skin, waxing, nail, and hair care. As we always say, the products you use are a reflection of you, and the quality of service you strive to provide.

Whether you feel your preferred inventory is set or you’re just starting to build one, here are five product-related tips that will keep your customers coming back.

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Hutchinson Consulting Expands with Launch of New Massage Therapy Division

For twenty-five years Hutchinson Consulting has been the hospitality industry’s most trusted executive search and recruiting firm, matching the best candidates with the finest four and five-star resorts. Today, following a year of unprecedented growth, the company announces the launch of a new division, Spa Pro Connect, created to further support client needs by sourcing top massage therapists for placement in the finest destination, resort and hotel spas in the country.

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