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Record number of entrants for GALA SPA AWARDS / Nominees now announced

Hamburg, 5 March 2009. The people magazine GALA can report a new record number of entrants for its renowned beauty- and wellness-related GALA SPA AWARDS: 77 care lines with 390 entries as well as 155 hotel and day spa concepts from 19 countries participated in the competition in seven categories. Now the 21 nominees for the coveted award have been announced.

In the "Luxury Concepts" category the nominees are "Absolue Nuit Ultimate ßx" by Lancome, "The Body Cream" by Sensai Premier and "Sublimage" by Chanel. In the "Innovation Concepts" category they are "Baborganic" by Dr. Babor, "Super Hydratante Multi-Climats" by Clarins and "Prodigy Re-Plasty" by Helena Rubinstein. The nominees in the "Cult Concepts" category comprise "Perfectionist CP+" by Estée Lauder, the "IQV Naturkosmetik" by IQV and "Cellcosmet" by Mercatura, while the finalists in the "Men Concepts" category are "Skin Minerals For Men" by Giorgio Armani, "Homme Force Supreme" by Biotherm Homme and "Shaving Line" by Acqua di Parma. The nominees in the "Treatment Concepts" concepts comprise "Premium Glacier Facial Deluxe" by Niance, "100% Active De-Crease Facial" by Anne Semonin and "Ila Experience" by Ila.

In the "Luxury Hotel/Resorts" category the nominees are the Hotel Schloss Elmau/Elmau, Hotel Schloss Fuschl/Hof near Salzburg and The Dolder Grand/Zurich. The hopefuls for an award in the "Innovative Spa Concepts" category are Aiyasha Medical Skin Care & Spa/Munich, Mavida Balance Hotel & Spa/Zell am See and Buddha-bar Spa at Hilton/Evianles- Bains.

Moreover, the (highly profiled) Spa Personality of the Year is due to be selected and a special prize will be awarded for a masterful professional realization of the spa philosophy. The premium people magazine GALA will be conferring the GALA SPA AWARDS jointly with the co-initiator Brenner´s Park-Hotel & Spa and the sponsors JOOP!, TAG Heuer and Nintendo in Baden-Baden on 21 March. Further partners in this event are Audi, Schwarzkopf and Pommery. The award is among the most important international beauty and spa accolades and is conferred only on top-quality care products and hotels or locations that meet the holistic standards of the GALA SPA AWARDS.

Some 200 top-class guests will be coming together for this glamorous event, including numerous prominent members of the business, culture and show business communities and prestigious representatives of the cosmetics industry and the luxury hotel sector.

A cost-free photo of the jury during the selection of the nominees can be requested by telephone, quoting GALA / photographer: Axel Kirchhof.

If you have any questions please contact:

Mandy Rußmann
Communikations/PR
G+J Women/Family/People
Gruner + Jahr AG & Co KG
phone: +49-40-3703-29-90
fax: +49-40-3703-57-03
e-mail: russmann.mandy@guj.de

Hamburg, March 2009