CIVANA Carefree May 5-8, 2019 | Carefree, Arizona
“Everyone at GSN Buyers has a passion to positively impact our industry, a dedication to true intention behind their work, and a joy in connection with each other.” – Sharon Otaguro, Wellness Director, Civana Carefree
Over the course of three days, attendees take part in twenty one-on-one meetings, fun and intimate networking events, and several presentations from thought leaders. The variety of face time opportunities creates a unique environment that encourages lifelong relationships between buyers and resource suppliers. Most Importantly, the GSN Buyers Conference is the key fundraiser for our non-profit association with all net proceeds directly benefitting GSN. Your participation supports GSN’s ability to carry out our mission of educating and providing resources that promote greening, sustainability, and wellness in the hospitality and spa industries. Learn more about the 2019 GSN Buyers Conference via the tabs above and feel free to contact us with any questions.
“The collaboration amongst colleagues, and the quality and uniqueness of the vendors. Everyone at GSN has: A passion to positively impact our industry, A dedication to true intention behind their work, and A joy in connection with each other.” –Sharon Otaguro, Wellness Director, Civana Carefree
Attending Buyers have consistently rated the GSN Buyers Conference a “10” for its effectiveness, productivity, and inspiration, with 81% saying they want to attend again!
- 95% found the Quality of Suppliers to be ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’
- 88% planned to place orders within 90 days of the event
- 80% found the sustainability education to be ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’
Invited buyers are chosen based on their proximity to the event location, buying needs and capacity, and interest in sustainable or green products. Qualified buyers participate in one-on-one meetings to talk business and network with a variety of spa and sustainability resource companies. The GSN Buyers Conference is funded entirely by GSN’s Supplier Members and is the top fundraiser for our non-profit organization.
The GSN Buyers Conference includes:
- 20 one-on-one meetings, meals, economy class airfare, airport transfers and 3 nights accommodation at the host resort property
- Presentations by leading sustainability experts and inspirational thought leaders
- Opportunities to network with industry colleagues and mentors
- Dynamic Brand Showcase
- All net proceeds will benefit the non-profit Green Spa Network, the spa industry’s only sustainability resource network
Applications are currently closed. The 2019 GSN Buyer’s Conference offers suppliers the opportunity to share their sustainable story with buyers who were chosen for the interest in purchasing eco-friendly and sustainable products. The three-day event encourages lifelong relationships between buyers and suppliers through a variety of productive business meetings and fun networking opportunities.
“We will see a more immediate return than any other show we have participated in. I LOVED the buyers – beautiful, real people with hearts for this industry and an understanding of the collective impact we can make on both people’s lives and the planet.” – Jindilli International
The structured face time with key buyers, along with the fun networking opportunities and sustainable education creates an intimate environment that has proven to be more productive than traditional tradeshows. Past Buyers have included WTS, Marriott, Farimont, Rancho La Puerta, Four Seasons, Mohonk Mountain House, Destination Hotels and Resorts, Pharmaca, and more.
- 75% of our Resource Partners are repeat participants
- 88% of Buyers planned to place orders within 90 days of the event
- 94% of Resource Partners found the quality of buyers ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’
Most importantly, the Buyer’s conference is the primary fundraiser for our non-profit organization. Your participation makes it possible for us to carry out our mission of educating and providing resources which promote greening and sustainability in hotel, resort, destination and days spas.
$7,700 by 3/31/19 Payment due in full at time of registration. GSN Member & Sponsor discounts apply to above rates for active or current Green Leader Members and Sponsors.
2019 Buyer’s Conference Registration Includes for One Person*:
- 20 One-on-One meetings with targeted buyers from premier properties
- Fun Networking Opportunities with Industry Colleagues and Mentors
- Presentations by Leading Sustainability Experts and Inspirational Thought Leaders
- Experiential Resource Partner Showcase
- Meals, Three-Nights Accommodations at host property, and Airport Transfers
- Supporting the non-profit Green Spa Network, with all net proceeds directly benefitting the industry’s only sustainability resources network
*Additional person rates apply of $1,100 per person in a shared room and $1,900 per person in a private room. Supplier Registration
Check back for more information or reach out to Jessica Gilden.
How Can I Attend as a Buyer?
The GSN Buyers Conference is an invitation-only event. Buyers are selected based on their proximity to the host location, the size and buying ability of the property, and interest in purchasing eco-friendly or sustainable products. For consideration, applicants must have significant business within the spa and wellness industry. If you would like to be considered for an invitation, please visit the Buyers tab for a link to an application. Please feel free to contact us with any further questions.
Civana Carefree Resort. The physical address is: 37220 Mule Train Road, Carefree, AZ 85377. Shipping details will be provided soon.
When should I plan to arrive / depart?
Our meeting space will be available for supplier set-up as early as 2:00pm on Sunday, May 5th. We won’t kick-off with official programming until 6:00pm Sunday evening with a welcome reception. One-on-one meetings will take place Monday & Tuesday and we will conclude with dinner Tuesday night. Wednesday is strictly a departure day, so please feel free to plan your departure at your leisure. Civana has offered special group rates for early arrivals and late departures so guests can take advatnage of onsite programming. Stay tuned for details. Full agenda coming soon.
Business casual during our meetings will be fine. Casual attire is welcomed for any of our receptions and dinners. We want you to be comfortable!
Room reservations will be made on your behalf. As part of your registration, room and tax are included for the nights of Sunday, May 5th through and including Tuesday, May 7th. Additional nights can be arranged for you (indicate your preference in the directory information request). Additional nights and all incidentals will be on own. Check-in is at 4pm and check-out is at 11am.
Transportation to the property:
If we receive flight details from you, ground transportation will be arranged for you to/from the Phoenix International Airport on Sunday, May 5th and Wednesday, May 8th. An e-mail prior to the event will be sent out detailing what time and where to meet your driver. A manifest of outgoing transportation will be available onsite Tuesday morning. At this time, we are not able to provide transportation for early arrivals or late departures.
Meals will be provided by the extraordinary culinary staff of Civana. We have collaborated on the menu, with an emphasis on fresh, wholesome, gourmet food that will support your ability to focus on the business at hand. We will take any noted dietary restrictions into consideration when planning the menus and everything will be clearly labeled for your convenience.