The International SPA Association has made additions and improvements to its educational and networking opportunities for spa professionals, with a series of ISPA Knowledge Networks, set for various locations in North America.
“The ISPA Knowledge Networks present a tremendous opportunity for regional gatherings of spa professionals,” says ISPA executive director, Lynne Walker McNees. “Held during several weekends throughout the year, the events will offer networking and education in an intimate setting”.
The ISPA Knowledge Networks, scheduled over two days, are a proven resource for the educational needs of spa professionals.
ISPA has been offering these educational sessions for three years; in 2003, the events have taken on a new name and expanded focus. The goals of the ISPA Knowledge Networks are three-fold:
Allow members the opportunity to introduce themselves to a network of individuals who can work together to find answers to challenging questions.
Educate members on specific business areas or general topics of interest. Topics will range from management to marketing and branding, as well as additional subjects generated by attendees.
Increase awareness of the many benefits of membership within ISPA.
The marketplaces will offer spa professionals the opportunity to meet one-on-one with product suppliers and experience innovative, new products in the spa industry. An exhibit area will be set up and space is limited in order to allow generous networking time with the attendees.
The ISPA Knowledge Networks and marketplaces are scheduled for:
March 1-2 in San Francisco, Calif. - Fairmont San Francisco.
May 4-5 in Quebec City, Quebec - Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.
June 21-22 in Hollywood, Fla. - Westin Diplomat & Spa.
August 2-3 in Carefree, Ariz. - The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa.
The ISPA Knowledge Networks are open to all spa professionals. However, space at the Knowledge Networks is limited to 60 attendees to ensure intimate personal development opportunities. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and priority placement is given to ISPA members.
For more than 12 years, ISPA has been recognised worldwide as the leading professional organisation for the spa industry. ISPA’s membership is comprised of more than 2,000 health and wellness facilities and providers from 58 countries. Since 1991, ISPA has been committed to forming and maintaining alliances that will educate, set standards, provide resources and build coalitions for the industry.