Global Spa Summit

New Consumer Research Released at Global Spa Summit

Coyle Hospitality updates their study “Priorities of Today’s Spa Consumers” for the Global Spa Summit in Bali last month. Check out what a difference a year makes!
Coyle Hospitality updated their 2010 study Priorities of Today’s Spa Consumers for the 2011 Global Spa Summit . Coyle sought to answer critical questions such as : What makes a consumer choose a spa for the first time? What spa ‘deals’ are worth promoting? What marketing efforts are effective? How is social networking affecting business? What is the best way...

GSS Delegates Cite Training and Education as Industry’s Greatest Challenge

Training and education in the spa industry needs a re-vamp. Nancy Griffin explores the challenges involved in raising the bar.
Delegates from the 2011 Global Spa Summit were polled real time on the second day of the Summit. When asked to choose the spa industry’s greatest challenge, almost 1/3 of the delegates (28%) chose training & education. The second and third greatest challenges were “oversupply of spas” and “lack of professionalism”—which received less than half the votes. Since lack of...

Global Spa Summit “Money Experts” See Medical and Spa Merging for Profit

Is there still room to grow in the US Day Spa market? Nancy reports on a panel discussion at the Global Spa Summit.
*/ The second day of the Global Spa summit opened with the panel, “Where Has All the Money Gone? Prof. Mary Tabacchi moderated the panel featuring James Kaplan, SVP of Fairmont Raffles, David Browning, CEO of Somasigns, Philips Consumer Lifestyle, and David Stoup, Chairman of Trilogy Ventures. David Stoup cited a Bain study of the luxury goods market showing that...

Wellness and Spa: A perfect marriage?

How can spas take advantage of the global wellness trend to increase revenues and client loyalty? How do spas provide holistic wellness programs with space limitations and without “breaking the bank?” Let's start a conversation!
There is no doubt that “Wellness” is one of the most important trends shaping the spa industry’s future. I’ve been thinking about the topic of wellness for weeks--seems the more I learn the more confused I become! The fundamental challenge when writing about “wellness” is the broadness of its definition. As defined by the study Spas and the Global Wellness...

GSS Wrap-up

A summary of this truly fantastic spa industry event.
At the end of formal presentations, the GSS delegation came together one last time for a democratic wrap-up. Edie Weiner and Philippe Bourguignon once again urged us to rise above the day-to-day and enable our future visions. Next year,the Summit will be held at an Asian location, and the delegation was asked to vote on 10 locales within that region...

Global Spa Summit Day 2

Come along with me and read about what we heard during Day 2 of the Global Spa Summit.
Day 2 of the Global Spa Summit started with a keynote address from Philippe Bourguignon , Vice Chairman of Revolution Places, and CEO of Miraval. Bourguignon painted a world for us in 2025, imagining products such as drinkable perfume, cigarettes that cure lung infections; the demise of Walmart who has moved to an all-internet platform, and the emergence of the...

GSS delegation dines and dances

The GSS delegation enjoys a cruise along the Bosphorus, dinner and dancing to celebrate a busy first full day.
Tonight the GSS delegation boarded a lovely boat and headed down the Bosphorus a mile or two to the award-winning Les Ottomans Hotel for a group dinner. Les Ottoman is a sumptuous reconstructed villa, decorated in wonderful Turkish style with Feng Shui principles, that now houses 10 hotel suites. The hotel is also home to an extensive Caudalie Vinotherapie® Spa,...

GSS Day 1 Presentations

Learn about the findings from industry reports by SRI & Smith Travel Research, and about current thinking on Wellness Tourism and the future of Integrative Medicine & spas.
After our morning keynote, Katherine Johnson , Senior Economist with SRI, presented a research study entitled “Spas & the Global Wellness Market: Synergies and Opportunities”, which was sponsored by Murad Inclusive Health Center. The top 3 findings of this extensive report were: The global wellness industry is currently valued at almost 2 trillion dollars annually “Wellness” has gone mainstream Spas...

GSS gets a look at the future

Futurist Edie Weiner gives us a vision of the "spa of the future;" are you ready?
This morning, the Global Spa Summit delegation was treated a keynote presentation entitled "A View from the Future" from Edie Weiner, president of Weiner, Edrich & Brown ( www.weineredrichbrown.com ), a futurist consulting group. What, you may ask, is a futurist? According to Weiner's web site, her company "identifies opportunities" for clients ranging from the U.S. Congress to Fortune 500...

GSS 2010 program begins!

The 2010 Global Spa Summit begins with an afternoon of breakout sessions, an architecture competition, and welcome dinner.
The 2010 Global Spa Summit ( www.globalspasummit.org ) program began on Monday afternoon with concurrent "Bridge Building" breakout sessions. I attended an SRO "Financial Benchmarking" session moderated by Mia Kyricos of Starwood. Mia kicked things off by going around the room and asking everyone what industry segment they represented, and what they were after in terms of benchmarking data. It...

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