Meeting of the spa industry in Leverkusen: Hydrothermal Spa Forum with even more practical workshops! [08.11.11]

On 25 October, the day before the Aquanale in Cologne, the companies Lux Elements, WDT Werner Dosiertechnik, Innovag Snowsystems, Hygromatik SPA and Sommerhuber welcomed around 120 specialists from the spa industry to the Hydrothermal Spa Forum 2011. The guests had travelled from more than 20 countries to the Lux Elements training centre in Leverkusen.  

It is particularly dear to the heart of the five organisers of the conference, which was originally founded in 2006, to optimise it each year in the interest of the participants. Hence, the request for more workshops was met this year.

On the morning of the meeting there were four different theoretical and practical workshops on the subjects of ‘healing clay steam bath’ and ‘experience shower’. A half-hourly rotation cycle offered the participants the opportunity to visit each workshop. The international guests were grateful not to be spoilt for choice.  

In the afternoon the conference participants were offered two lectures by high-class speakers. Isabelle Charrier, founder and editor of the French magazine Emotion Spa held a short lecture on the spa of the future. As a long-standing connoisseur of the industry she is very well informed about trends and innovations. Emotion Spa magazine ranks today among the top 10 magazines for the spa industry. Hence the listeners were in no small way astonished by the luxurious spas presented by Isabelle Charrier.  

Following that, the Swedish architect Per Öberg spoke about the importance of logistics in the planning of spas. Since 1983 the guest from Scandinavia has led an internationally-staffed architect's consultancy that specialises in economic building methods. The planning and organisation of the construction of a spa area was illustratively explained taking the specific example of a hotel in Stockholm.   In the breaks and following the lectures there was ample opportunity for the participants to converse. An important goal of the annual meeting is the interactive exchange of views between the nations.

Rolf Longrée, managing director of Lux Elements, was very satisfied with the event: “In retrospect, one can say that this year’s conference was the best of all so far. We register more international visitors each year and we are delighted that they are joined every year by new guests. The idea of the annual meeting at the Hydrothermal Spa Forum has become established with the spa specialists and operators. The numerous workshops also met with particular approval this year.”  

All information, including the lectures from this year’s conference, can also be found on the website of Hydrothermal Spa Forum.

The Lux Elements training centre was extended by two heated tents, in which the practical workshops took place.

As every year, the visitors were all able to stick a small flag in their home country on a map of the world

In the Café de LUXe at Lux Elements there was ample opportunity for casual conversation during breaks. (Centre: Isabelle Charrier and Rolf Longrée, MD of Lux Elements)

It got wet now and again during the practical workshop on the subject of ‘experience shower’, presented by Rainer Rieger, MD of WDT Werner Dosiertechnik.

The supplementary theoretical lecture on technical components (held by Axel Zadina, Hygromatik SPA (2nd from right) was also followed with interest by the guests.

The atmosphere was also relaxed in the workshop held by Christian Sommerhuber on the subject of ‘healing earth steam bath’

Rolf Longrée thanks Per Öberg from Sweden for his illustrative lecture on the construction of a spa in a hotel in Stockholm. The neighbouring Chamber of Commerce and Industry had made its rooms available for the afternoon lectures.


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