Close your eyes for a moment and remember, back to the year 1990 … Prince Charles and Princess Diana separated; the Soviet Union collapsed; the first report on a possible “World Wide Web” was released; and a new association for the growing spa community began.

The International Spa Association (ISPA) recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with its 20th Annual Conference and Expo in Washington D.C.

“Spa professionals came out to celebrate our 20th anniversary, reminiscing about ISPA’s past and setting the vision for the future of the industry,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees.

The association honored the founder of Rancho La Puerta and The Golden Door, Deborah Szekely, with the ISPA Visionary Award; Doc Hendley, founder of Wine to Water, received the ISPA Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award; and John and Karen Korpi, two spa professionals who helped found the association, received the ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award.

Incoming ISPA Chairman Deborah Waldvogel set the pace for next year by pledging to focus on continually evaluating ISPA’s resources and services, forming alliances to strengthen global outreach and influence the future of preventative health care.

“One of the most important parts of our evolution over the next two decades will be continuing to strengthen the educational aspect of the spa experience,” she said.

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