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The advisory panel for Hotelier Middle East’s first annual Spa & Wellness Forum, taking place on 18 March 2013 at the Westin Dubai, has been announced.

Tasked with helping to shape the agenda and ensure the forum is a truly ‘for the industry, by the industry’ event, the advisory panel were selected for their depth of knowledge, position and influence in the Middle East spa and wellness sector.

Manager at Park Hyatt’s Atarmia Spa and advisory panelist, Nichola Roche recognises the importance of the forum noting, “Hotelier Middle East’s Spa & Wellness Forum will contribute to driving the Middle East spa industry forward as a relaxation destination alongside Asia.”

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The full advisory panel includes:
• Nichola Roche, Spa Manager, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi
• Paul Hawco, Spa Director - Talise Ottoman Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
• Salina Handa, Founder & Managing Director, SensAsia Urban Spa
• Danielle Russell, Director, DR Global
• Neil Hewerdine, Vice President – Spa Services, Atlantis The Palm

The Spa & Wellness Forum is an exclusive, invitation-only forum that will bring together more than 100 owners and spa managers from independent outlets with spa managers and directors of room from leading five- and five-star hotels.

The forum will focus on delivering attendees from across the GCC the opportunity to network and learn about the latest spa trends, regulatory landscape, the rise of ‘wellness’ and savvy marketing strategies.

“It is critical that the UAE maintain world class standards and this forum will help continue to bring awareness to innovation, trends and ways the UAE can compete on an international level”, says director of DR Global, Daniella Russell, who has been in Dubai’s spa industry for more than 15 years.

With more than 70 outlets and hotel spas expected to attend the Spa & Wellness Forum, and free registration for spa managers and directors of rooms, this is a not to be missed event.

Limited sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Diarmuid O’Malley on +971 4 444 3568 or

To register or for more information, please contact Sue Lobo on +971 4 444 3877 or