2007 SpaAsia Summit set for Philippines

SpaAsia Wellness Summit 2007 is set to be held on October 3- 5, 2007 in Manila, Philippines and will gather over 500 delegates and participants ranging from CEOs, directors, spa proprietors, journalists, healers, doctors, therapists and trainers to owners, financiers, investors, developers and development teams who have made invaluable contribution to the Asia Pacific spa industry.

Now on its third year, the 2007 SpaAsia Wellness Summit proposes to address a theme of great relevance to the future of the spa and wellness industry at large.  “Harnessing Collective Consciousness: Nurturing Growth, Inspiring Change” is an apt theme as the industry has now evolved and matured. During the summit, the theme will be moulded in more concrete and tangible forms, through proven methods/techniques and doable programmes. This is among the main objectives of the 2007 Summit.

Industry experts and noted speakers will present keynote addresses, dissect case studies, unravel research findings and helm various discussion panels. All these are geared towards reaching ‘an unspoken agreement’ on pertinent issues affecting the future of the spa and wellness industry at large.  Among the invited speakers are: Susan Harmsworth, Founder and CEO of ESPA; Professor Mary Tabacchi from Cornell Hotel School;  Bryan Durocher, Founder of Durocher Enterprises, Professor Marc Cohen, Founding Professor of Complementary Medicine at RMIT University and Grace Gawler, Internationally renowned holistic wellness practitioner, author and herbalist.

Past events saw delegates from various sectors, the greater majority of whom hailed from the spa, wellness and health sectors from across the globe.  An increasing number of hoteliers, spa hotel/resort chain operators and hotel groups are expected to attend. This year, speakers from major spa and hotel groups such as the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, the Jumeirah Group, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and MSpa International are among those confirmed to make presentations.

Mr. Michael Loh, Group Publisher and Editorial Director of Wellness Media says, “It is through this annual gathering of leading professionals within the realm of the industry that Wellness Media/Partners hopes to propel new trends and thinking in the industry. While playing the role of initiator of new trends, we at the same time attempts to assume the role of being the voice that will persuade the industry to embrace the conscience of this frontier of Wellness. We believe that the collective wisdom of ancient traditions can only be honoured if it is delivered to the consumers with its due measure of integrity.”

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That the wellness boom has been projected to become a ‘trillion-dollar industry’ within a decade has not gone unnoticed. Financiers and investors, key executives of governments, senior managers and executives and professionals from the infrastructure, travel and hospitality industries have set aside dates for spa and wellness shows in various parts of the world, this one included, as must-attend events on their calendar.

Each year the Summit grows in scope and diligently takes into account the escalating concerns, interests and feedback from delegates and industry stakeholders. In 2007, ‘Wellness’ and ‘Going Green’ have been identified as global trends that demand to be heard!

The highlight of the Summit is the SpaAsia Crystal Awards ceremony which is traditionally held on the second evening of the Summit.  This much-awaited event singles out excellence in various categories of the spa industry in Asia Pacific. This is the moment that only one brand in each category will be accorded the honour to bask in the limelight for being the BEST among the best. SpaAsia Crystal Awards has become an accolade equivalent to receiving recognition of industry excellence in the Asia Pacific region.

Past recipients of the SpaAsia Crystal Awards include the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, JW Marriott Resort and Spa Phuket, Conrad Bali Resort & Spa, Spa Village Pangkor Laut Resort, Chiva-Som International Health Resort, The Farm at San Benito, The Sentosa Resort & Spa and Six Senses Resorts & Spas.

The SpaAsia Wellness Summit will be held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines and is organized by Wellness Media/Partners in cooperation with the Department of Tourism, Philippines.
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