For over ten years now the Hydrothermal Spa Forum HTSF has traditionally taken place on the eve of the Interbad. This year on 22 October 2018. Once again the organising companies LUX ELEMENTS, Sommerhuber WDT Werner Dosiertechnik, HygroMatik SPA, Unbescheiden and SnowBOX had invited international guests to a meeting of the spa industry. As in the years 2012 and 2014, the event was held in the showrooms of KONZ Fliesenhandel in Waiblingen.
Over 50 spa specialists from all over the world accepted the invitation, some of them travelling from very far afield: from the USA, China, India, Russia or the Ukraine. Further participants came from France, Austria, England, Luxembourg, Denmark, Slovakia, Switzerland and Turkey.
At the start of the forum, following a short welcoming speech by LUX ELEMENTS managing director Rolf Longrée, the organising companies had the opportunity to introduce themselves.
After that, the invited guests were able to demonstrate their knowledge in a new quiz about the organisers, guest speakers and their products. The quiz consisted of three rounds with questionnaires, including multiple-choice answers. In the afternoon, three winners were determined from all answers submitted.
Before that, however, two technical presentations by high-ranking guest companies on completely different topics were on the agenda: the family-owned timber specialist RoHol from Austria focused on trees. In his presentation „Incredible Wood Materials for Sauna & Spa“, the speaker Anton Stöckl explained how wood is processed in a sustainable manner for use in saunas.
In the afternoon, the speaker Bastian Biermann from the research company TREND ONE put the spotlight on tomorrow’s customers and their changing needs under the influences of technology and stress. In his presentation entitled „Meet your future customer“ he also looked at new trends for relaxation.
Following the solution to the quiz questions with a small „award ceremony“, the spa experts spent the rest of the afternoon – like the extended lunch break – chatting and exchanging views.