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SpaFinder and Leading Spas Partner to Connect World’s Largest Spa Audience with Premiere Vacation Spas Around The Globe

NEW YORK, NY (November 19, 2009) − SpaFinder, Inc. and Leading Spas today announced that the companies will partner to present Leading Spa’s collection of the most exquisite spas in the world to millions of consumers in 27 countries who select and book spa vacations at and its websites in Europe and Japan.

The joint marketing program will showcase significantly more of the finest destination and resort spas around the globe to’s vast online audience. Leading Spas is the first global accreditation for the spa industry and was established by The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., the prestigious luxury hospitality organization representing more than 450 of the world’s finest hotels, resorts and spas.

“Leading Spa properties are without question the best of the best”, said Pete Ellis, President and CEO of SpaFinder, Inc. “Connecting these properties with SpaFinder’s online community affirms our position as the premiere global spa and wellness resource.”

“We are most excited about forming this new alliance with SpaFinder”, said Claudia Kozma Kaplan, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications of The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. We are especially delighted to be able to provide the opportunity for exposure to our Leading Spas via this universally recognized resource for spa-goers.”

The Leading Hotels of the World began its global evaluation and certification program for the spa industry in 2005. Member spas undergo an inspection by an elite panel of spa experts where more than 200 areas are reviewed for certification, from the reservation process to the atmosphere of the treatment room to the treatment itself.

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About SpaFinder, Inc.:
The world’s largest spa and wellness media, marketing and gifting company, SpaFinder, Inc. connects millions of wellness-focused consumers with thousands of spas worldwide. SpaFinder’s media properties include the award-winning, the Spa Enthusiast newsletter and the annual Global Spa and Wellness Directory. SpaFinder and its new gift division, Salon Wish, offer spa gift certificates and cards that are redeemable at a combined network of over 9,000 spas and salons worldwide and are available at thousands of retail outlets. The company’s technology division innovates new solutions that help spas build and streamline their businesses, including the popular SpaBooker online booking system. SpaFinder Europe and SpaFinder Japan offer regional spa marketing and gifting programs, including localized, native-language websites. Founded in 1986, the privately held company is headquartered in Manhattan.

About Leading Spas:
In 2004, The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., the prestigious luxury hospitality organization representing more than 450 of the world’s finest hotels, resorts and spas, and operator of and – the online sources for your luxury lifestyle, launched Leading Spas, the first international luxury spa evaluation and accreditation program. As the largest international luxury hotel brand, the firm maintains offices in 22 major markets across the globe.

Since 1928, the company’s reputation for excellence derives from the exacting levels of quality it demands of its individual members, each of which must pass a rigorous, anonymous inspection covering hundreds of meticulous criteria spanning from product to behavioral standards. This set of standards is the most stringent in the industry.

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