About 100 international participants from more than 20 countries accepted the invitation to the follow-up event of the User Conference, founded in 2006. The guests were specialists in the construction of spa facilities, the operators of these facilities and the supplier industry.In his welcoming speech, Rainer Rieger, Managing Director of WDT, informed the audience about the newly founded 'Hydrothermal Spa Forum', which is to replace the User Conference with immediate effect. At the Internet site www.hydrothermal-spa-forum.com the visitor receives information from the hydrothermal field in the form of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions). The topics addressed are "Building physics", "Air humidification", "Fragrance and aroma technology" as well as "Heating and cooling technology". A contact form offers the possibility of submitting further questions, which will then be added to the website.
The aim of the new 'Hydrothermal Spa Forum' and its online platform is – apart form the provision of information – an interactive exchange the year around.
There were many opportunities for this at the conference. The breaks between interesting lectures from three countries on the topics of "International Spa Planning and Trends" (Prof. Arch. h.c. Karl Landauer, GesmbH Atelier and Architekturbüro, Austria), "Thalassotherapy" (Jean-Luc Pleuvry, Thalazur, France), and "Cruise liners and Spas" (Don Genders, Design for Leisure, GB) were used for stimulating discussions.
Rolf Longrée, Managing Director of Lux Elements:
"WDT, with its own tent created an ideal location for a casual exchange of
experiences. From the very beginning it was the aim of the User Conference to
encourage personal contact. Today, the organisers can see that this aim was
achieved and would to carry on a step further: We have recognised that there is
a large requirement for technical information in the hydrothermal field. The
new 'Hydrothermal Spa Forum' is intended to answer the questions in this field
and to make these answers available to the entire public."
New features in this year’s conference were
moderator-guided Round Table Discussions on the topics of
"National Standards", "Eco Spa", "Mega trends"
and "Health benefits of ceramic infrared radiation". The
participants were able to decide freely on a topic and take part in the
discussion. After about an hour the results were presented to all participants.
Rainer Rieger expressed his satisfaction after the event: "The first 'Hydrothermal Spa Forum' exceeded my personal expectations by far. I think we – the organisers – have found the right mixture of interesting lectures, interactive group projects and social events, so that each individual participant was able to draw his/her own interesting and useful information from the event. I am already looking forward to the next Forum!"
An especially organised bus-shuttle-service brought the international guests from Stuttgart Airport to Wertingen, where the first 'Hydrothermal Spa Forum' was staged at WDT.
The lectures of highly-qualified speakers (here Prof. Arch. h.c. Karl Landauer, right) were well accepted by the conference participants.